Cass County Cyber Crimes Unit receives additional training

Cass County’s Cybercrimes Unit continues to expand its efforts than to additional training undertaken by members of the local district attorney’s office.
From June 7-9, First Assistant District Attorney Courtney Shelton, Assistant District Attorney Nick Ross and Chief Investigator Cody Sartor attended the 2017 Cybercrime Seminar in San Antonio, hosted by the Texas District & County Attorneys Association.
The seminar’s purpose was to help investigators and prosecutors understand the complexities involved in obtaining digital evidence, along with admitting and using that evidence in the most effective ways possible.
The seminar covered topics such as “Untangling the Deep Web”; “Seizing Electronics: Methods of Securing the Evidence”; and “Effective Evidence Presentation”.  
All topics presented at the conference were related to the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes and were presented by some of the most experienced prosecutors in Texas.  Additionally, investigators with the Department of Homeland Security gave presentations on Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigations and prosecutions. Shelton said last week, “Attending this seminar allowed us to network with other prosecutors and investigators across the state who are encountering the same issues we face daily in a constantly evolving technological world. Crimes that were once solved by straightforward, physical evidence are now almost always going to involve some sort of digital evidence. It is necessary for all law enforcement to be aware that the evidence is out there and that it can, in fact, be recovered.”
Sartor is certified in computer forensics after attending a five-week course in Alabama. He has also been accepted into a follow-up course, which will allow him to obtain certification in cell phone forensics. 
The certifications will give local authorities a huge advantage in investigating many crimes, including but not limited to crimes involving child pornography, DA’s office officials said.

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