For Immediate Release - November 19, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Hosts Fourth 2009 Quarterly Cyber Crime Initiative Training for Law Enforcement From Around the State

FRAMINGHAM - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office hosted its fourth Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting of 2009 yesterday at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham. Over 200 police officers, prosecutors, and computer forensic investigators from throughout the state attended the daylong training, which included a General Session in the morning and a Forensic Working Group session in the afternoon. The General Session focused on two topics, the first being how law enforcement and prosecutors should consider and analyze the new phenomenon of "sexting," while the second topic was an introduction to Microsoft's Xbox. The Forensic Working Group session focused on Xbox and Microsoft's criminal compliance.

"Criminals are manipulating the latest digital innovations to commit crimes and this training was designed to familiarize law enforcement with these innovations," Attorney General Coakley said. "Technology is constantly changing and advancing and now something as seemingly simple as a text message or a gaming console can be used to assist or commit a crime. As criminals are manipulating the latest technologies to commit crimes, it becomes increasingly vital for law enforcement to receive adequate training regarding these new digital devices so they are fully equipped to fight cyber crime in the Commonwealth."

Professor Mary G. Leary, associate professor of law at the Catholic University of America, led the first part of the training regarding 'sexting.' The training focused on self-produced child pornography and the appropriate societal response to juvenile self sexual exploitation. Prior to becoming a professor, Leary was the Deputy Director for the Office of Legal Counsel at the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA). During this time Professor Leary worked on issues addressing the sexual exploitation of children, child pornography and prostitution and computer-facilitated crimes against children. Leary is also a former prosecutor in the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. The second part of the General Session was an introduction to the Xbox console and was led by Chris Ard, Investigative Consultant with Microsoft's Cybercrime Consulting and Training Team. His primary role is to deliver Internet investigation and computer forensic training to government law enforcement organizations and to provide consulting services on difficult forensic issues. The Forensic Working Group session, also led by Chris Ard, was limited to subject matter experts in cyber crime within the Commonwealth and focused on how to explore the Xbox console forensically.

Since taking office in January 2007, Attorney General Coakley has made prevention and prosecution of cyber crime a priority of her administration. Shortly after taking office, Attorney General Coakley established a dedicated Cyber Crime Division within the office's Criminal Bureau to lead the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Initiative. In late 2007, Attorney General Coakley unveiled "The Massachusetts Strategic Plan for Cyber Crime," designed to help the Commonwealth develop a statewide capacity to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes with a cyber component. The plan calls for law enforcement training, enhanced information sharing, the development of common operating procedures and standards, funding for cyber crime programs, and amending current law as it pertains to cyber crime. On September 15, 2009, Attorney General Coakley announced the opening of the new state-of-the-art Computer Forensics Lab in Boston, which is part of the Cyber Crime Initiative and is designed to develop a statewide capacity to deal with cyber crime and more efficiently process digital evidence that is present in virtually every investigation. In the past two and a half years, the Attorney General's Office has provided cyber training for over 7,000 state and local law enforcement personnel from across the Commonwealth. The plan is available from the Attorney General's website at

Yesterday's meeting was the fourth Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting for Massachusetts law enforcement in 2009. The first meeting, held in March at Bunker Hill Community College, focused on the seizure of mobile phones in criminal investigations. The second meeting was held at Quinsigamond Community College in May and focused on the gathering of information and evidence from cyber network environments. Held at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford, the third Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting pertained to the process that occurs after evidence has been submitted to a computer lab. Law enforcement officers from both the State Police and numerous local police departments, including college and university police departments, attended the training. A list of participating agencies and police departments include:

Acton Police Department

Ashland Police Department

Auburn Police Department

Ayer Police Department

Barnstable Police Department

Belchertown Police Department

Belmont Police Department

Belmont Police Department - NEMLEC

Bentley University Police Department

Biddeford Police Department

Billerica Police Department

Boston Police Department

Boston Police Department (D-14)

Boston Police Department / USSS Task Force

Boston Police/Suffolk County DA's Office

Boxborough Police Department

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Bristol County Sheriff's Office

Brookline Police Department

Cambridge Police Department

Canton Police Department

Chelsea Police Department

Chicopee Police Department

Concord Police Department

Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory

Dedham Police Department

Dennis Police Department

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security - ICE

Department of Youth Services

Douglas Police Department

Dover Police Department

Easton Police Department

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Falmouth Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Framingham Police Department

Framingham State College Police

Gloucester Police Department

Granby Police Department

Greenfield Police Department

Hanson Police Department

Harwich Police Department

Holyoke Police Department

Hopkinton Police Department

Hudson Police Department

Ipswich Police Department

IRS Criminal Investigation

IRS Electronic Crimes

Lancaster Police Department

Lawrence Police Department

Leominster Police Department

Lexington Police Department

Malden Police Department

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Massachusetts Attorney General's

Office State Police Unit

Massachusetts State Police

Maynard Police Department

Medfield Police Department

Medford Police Department - NEMLEC

Mendon Police Department

Middlesex Sheriff's Office - NEMLEC

Montague Police Department

Nahant Police Department


NH Attorney General's Office

NH Department of Justice

Norfolk County District Attorney's Office

Norfolk County District Attorney's

Office State Police Detective Unit

Norfolk Police Department

North Attleboro Police Department

Northborough Police Department

Northbridge Police Department

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Northwestern District Attorney's

Office State Police Detective Unit

Norwell Police Department

Norwood Police Department

Norwood Police Department - MetroLEC

Oxford Police Department

Palmer Police Department

Pepperell Police Department

Plymouth County District Attorney's

Office State Police Detective Unit

Princeton Police Department

Reading Police Department

Rockport Police Department

Sherborn Police Department

Somerville Police Department

South Hadley Police Department

Sterling Police Department

Stoneham Police Department

Stow Police Department

Sudbury Police Department

Suffolk County District Attorney's

Office State Police Detective Unit

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

Sutton Police Department

Taunton Police Department

Templeton Police Department

Tufts University Police

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

U.S. Secret service

University of Massachusetts Police Department

Uxbridge Police Department

Walpole Police Department

Waltham Police Department

Warren Police Department

Watertown Police Department

Wayland Police Department

West Boylston Police Department

West Bridgewater Police Department

West Springfield Police Department

Westford Police Department

Westwood Police Department

Whitman Police Department

Winthrop Police Department

Worcester County District Attorney's Office

State Police Detective Unit

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Worcester Police Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester State College Police Department

Wrentham Police Department