For Immediate Release - April 14, 2010

AG's Office Hosts Cyberbullying Training for Law Enforcement

Quarterly training is the largest to date in AG's Cyber Crime Initiative

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LEOMINSTER - Today, over 180 law enforcement officers from across the state attended the AG's Cyber Crime Initiative Quarterly Meeting, titled "Cyberbullying: Proper Investigative Techniques and Understanding the Law." The half-day training, attended by police officers, prosecutors and computer forensic investigators included several presentations that focused on the topic of cyberbullying. Portions of video from today's training will be available later today on the Attorney General's website. View photos of today's events here.

"As we've seen in recent months, cyberbullying can have a devastating impact on our children and it should not be underestimated or ignored," Attorney General Coakley said. "Our goal at today's training is to provide those law enforcement officials who work in our schools with an understanding of how traditional bullying extends to cyberspace and equip them with the tools to investigate instances of cyberbullying that rise to the level of criminal misconduct."

The first presentation by Assistant Attorney General Maura Healey, Chief of the Attorney General's Civil Rights Division, provided an overview of the current laws, both civil and criminal, that apply to cyberbullying. Assistant Attorney General Healey also provided an overview of legislation currently pending that would require reporting of bulling incidents and would update criminal laws relative to cyberbullying. After the first presentation Attorney General Coakley addressed the participants on the challenges of combating cyberbullying. Following AG Coakley's remarks, Dr. Elizabeth Englander, the Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State College, provided an overview on the subject of cyberbullying, as well as security tips for social networking sites and texting. The final presentation of the day was led by Todd Shipley, President of Vere Software. Mr. Shipley's presentation focused on investigation techniques for law enforcement on social networking and cyber investigations.

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 three and a half years, the Attorney General's Office has provided cyber training for over 7,500 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 training was held at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Leominster. Representatives of the following agencies and police departments attended:

Abington Police Department

Acton Police Department

Arlington Police Department

Ashland Police Department

Athol Police Department

Ayer Police Department

Barnstable County Sheriff's Office

Belchertown Police Department

Belmont Police Department

Biddeford Police Department

Boston Police Department

Bourne Police Department

Boxborough Police Department

Boxford Police Department

Boylston Police Department

Bristol County District Attorney's Office

Brockton Police Department

Brockton School Police Department

Bunker Hill Community College Police

Cambridge Police Department

Canton Police Department

Charlton Police Department

Chesterfield Police Department/Williamsburg Police Dept.

Chicopee Police Department

Dennis Police Department

Department of Homeland Security, ICE- OI

Douglas Police Department

Dover Police Department

Duxbury Police Department

East Bridgewater Police Department

Erving Police Department

Essex County District Attorney's Office

Falmouth Police Department

Foxborough Police Department

Framingham Police Department

Framingham State College Police Department

Georgetown Police Department

Gill Police Department

Greenfield Police Department

Hanson Police Department

Harwich Police Department

Holden Police Department

Holliston Police Department

Hudson Police Department

Ipswich Police Department

Lancaster Police Department

Lawrence Police Department

Leominster Police Department

Lexington Police Department

Littleton Police Department

Ludlow Police Department

Lunenburg Police Department

Lynnfield Police Department

Malden Police Department

Malden School Committee

Manchester by the Sea Police Department

Marblehead Police Department

Marshfield Police Department

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Massachusetts Attorney General's Office / Computer Forensics Lab

Massachusetts State Police

Medfield Police Department

Medford Police Department/NEMLEC-CCU

Mendon Police Department

Middlesex Sheriff's Office

Montague Police Department

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Massachusetts Attorney General's Office

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Berkshire

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Middlesex

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit - Suffolk

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit-Franklin/Hampshire

Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit-Hampden

Nahant Police Department

Nantucket Police Department

Natick Police Department

NESPIN

Norfolk District Attorney's Office

North Attleboro Police Department

Northampton Police Department

Northborough Police Department

Norwood Police Department/MetroLEC-CCU

Oxford Police Department

Peabody Police Department/NEMLEC

Plymouth County Sheriff's Department

Reading Police Department

Salem Police Department

Sandwich Police Department

South Hadley Police Department

Southborough Police Department

Sterling Police Department

Stow Police Department

Sturbridge Police Department

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

Taunton Police Department

Templeton Police Department

United States Postal Inspection Service

United States Secret Service

University of Massachusetts Police Department - Worcester

University of Massachusetts Police Department - Amherst

Walpole Police Department

Wayland Police Department

Wellesley Police Department

Wentworth Institute Police Department

West Boylston Police Department

West Bridgewater Police Department

Westford Police Department

Westminster Police Department

Westwood Police Department

Whitman Police Department

Winthrop Police Department

Worcester Police Department

Worcester Polytechnic Institute/Office of Information Security

Worcester State College Police

Wrentham Police Department

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Videos from the Training

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Photos from the Training