For Immediate Release - September 30, 2009

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

MILFORD - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office hosted its third Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting of 2009 at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford. Over 150 police officers, prosecutors, and computer forensic investigators attended the daylong training, which included a General Session in the morning and a Forensic Working Group session in the afternoon. The focus of the General Session was the forensic process that occurs after evidence has been submitted to a computer lab, while the Forensic Working Group session was specialized for cybercrime subject matter experts in the Commonwealth.

"Today's training is designed to familiarize law enforcement with the forensic procedures that are used to process digital evidence after it enters the lab," Attorney General Coakley said. "In the 21 st century, almost every criminal case has a digital component to it. It is vital for law enforcement to receive adequate training in this cutting edge area of law enforcement. The goal of the Cyber Crime Initiative and these trainings is to ensure that law enforcement personnel are educated on the technologies and processes for fighting cyber crime in the Commonwealth."

The training, titled "The Forensics Process for Digital Evidence," was led by Michael Menz, a nationally recognized expert on High Tech Crime Investigation and computer forensics who works with the Sacramento County Sheriff as a Detective in the office's Hi-Tech Crime Division. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, Detective Menz worked in the Roseville Police Department's Hi-Tech Crime Division and he has testified numerous times as an expert in both Federal Court and various California State Courts. He holds notable positions in the cyber crime field including Chairman of the Digital Forensic Standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials and has served as the International President of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA).

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 www.mass.gov/ago.

Today's meeting was the third 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. 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:

Army National Guard - Massachusetts

Ashfield Police Department

Ashland Police Department

Ayer Police Department

Barnstable County Sheriff's Department

Barnstable Police Department

Bellingham Police Department

Belmont Police Department

Bentley University Police Department

Berkley Police Department

Boston Police Department

Bourne Police Department

Boxford Police Department

Boylston Police Department

Brewster Police Department

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Bristol County Sheriff's Office

Brockton Police Department

Brookline Police Department

Cambridge Police Department

Canton Police Department

Carlisle Police Department

Chatham Police Department

Chicopee Police Department

Dedham Police Department

Dennis Police Department

Department of Youth Services

Dept of Homeland Security, I.C.E.

Douglas Police Department

Dover Police Department

Duxbury Police Department

East Bridgewater Police Department

Easton Police Department

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Essex County DA's

Office - State Police Detective Unit

FBI

Fitchburg Police Department

Framingham Police Department

Framingham State College Police Department

Gloucester Police Department

Greenfield Police Department

Hamilton Police Department

Hampshire/Franklin DA's

Office State Police Detective Unit

Hanover Massachusetts

Hanson Police Department

Harvard University Police

Harwich Police Department

Hopkinton Police Department

Hudson Police Department

Ipswich Police Department

IRS Criminal Investigation, Electronic Crimes

Lancaster Police Department

Lawrence Police Department

Leominster Police Department

Leyden Police Department

Lynn Police Department

Ma Office of the Inspector General

Malden Police Department

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Mass. Attorney General's Office - Mass. State Police

Massachusetts State Police

Mass. State Police

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Maynard Police Department

Medfield Police Department

Medford Police Department - NEMLEC - CCU

Medway Police Department

Mendon Police Department

Middlesex District Attorney's Office

Middlesex DA's Office State Police Detective Unit

Milford Police Department

MIT Police

Nahant Police Department

Nantucket Police Department

Natick Police Department

NESPIN

Newton Police Department

Norfolk County District Attorney

Norfolk DA's Office State Police Detective Unit

Norfolk Police Department

North Attleboro Police Department

Northampton Police Department

Northborough Police Department

Northbridge Police Department

Northwestern District Attorney's Office

Norwood Police Department (MetroLEC CCU)

Palmer Police Department

Quincy Police Department

Reading Police Department

Rockland Police Department

Salem Police Department

Seekonk Police Department

Sherborn Police Department

Shirley Police Department

Shrewsbury Police Department

Somerset Police Department

Somerville Police Department

Southborough Police Department

Southbridge Police Department

Springfield Police Department

Stoughton Police Department

Sudbury Police Department

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Suffolk County DA's Office -

State Police Detective Unit

Suffolk County Sheriff's Department

Sutton Police Department

Templeton Police Department

Tyngsboro Police Department

U.S. Department of Labor OIG

U.S. Department of Labor OLMS

United States Postal Inspection Service

UMass Police Department - Worcester

US Secret Service

Uxbridge Police Department

Walpole Police Department

Waltham Police Department

Warren Police Department

Watertown Police Department

Wayland Police Department

Webster Police Department

Wellesley Police Department

West Boylston Police Department

West Newbury Police Department

Westborough Police Department

Westford Police Department

Westwood Police Department

Weymouth Police Department

Whitman Police Department

Winthrop Police Department

Worcester County DA's

Office - State Police Detective Unit

Worcester County Sheriff's Office

Worcester Police Department

Worcester State College Police

Wrentham Police Department

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