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    I currently work for a large corporation doing Network and Host Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention with a little bit of Digital Forensics thrown in (if I'm lucky). I am not in LE, I have not played one on TV, nor did I stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night, but I've really been turned on by this whole C/D Forensics thing and would like to take it to another level and actually HELP people rather than dealing with faceless big corporations. From what I've gathered there may be a little bit of this going on within local PDs, but I'm curious if it's something that happens on a regular basis. Is there a specific team within any of your local departments that perform these types of duties?

    I'm pretty new to the field and am looking for someone that could be a possible mentor because I'm much more "hands on" than a book learner. I learned a long time ago that the best way to learn is to have someone good that can teach you. Books can get me the general principals, but without having a knowledgable person available to answer questions, I can only go so far.

    So, in a nut shell, Do any local depts. (city or county) have a Digital Forensics team, and if so, would anyone be willing to talk with me via email/phone and maybe help me out? I'm asking here because I'm possibly looking to get away from my current position and into LE.


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    I know CSPD has a few guys that exclusively do "computer stuff". The one guy in it that I know was a patrol officer for YEARS before getting into it.

    Try contacting the larger agencies (Denver, DCSO, Aurora etc...) and speaking with them directly. It is a very specialized LE job, not very many do it, or know anything about it.

    I thought he mentioned that there are non-sworn guys working in that division (task force) as well....but don't quote me on that. I'm not sure what the civilians make either.


    • #3
      I would check with CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation). The agency or its crime lab may have something like what your looking for.


      • #4
        Douglas county has a regional computer forensic lab. I am sure someone there might me able to get you info on their operation - contact Douglas County SO. If you are interested, I might be able to get more specific information on the lab and let you know (one of my colleagues has sent work to them in the past)


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