The Monroe County Office of the District Attorney’s digital forensics program conducts specialized and highly technical examinations of computers, related media, and cell phones. The primary mission of this program is to serve the digital forensic examination needs of local and state law enforcement agencies operating within Monroe County in the pursuit of justice and to provide evidence to investigators that would otherwise go unnoticed.
The use of computers has become seemingly ubiquitous in the U.S. and across the globe. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2011, in excess of 75% of American households own one or more personal computers, to include desktop computers, laptops, and tablet computers.
The pervasiveness of computers and the Internet in the lives of most citizens has impacted every aspect of daily life, from the way we communicate to the way we work, and even how we entertain ourselves. This technological leap has not only changed the way we live, it has also changed the face of crime.
Crimes facilitated by the use of computers, and even “offline” crimes such as trafficking in illegal narcotics, harassment, robbery, and homicide, often have some link to the offender’s computer, leaving digital evidence that is often missed due to the lack of adequate local resources to recover and analyze that evidence.
To address this issue, the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney employs a trained forensic computer examiner and specialized equipment to capture, examine, and analyze evidence that is stored on computers and cellular telephones.
In addition to conducting in-depth examinations of the data contained on computers and cell phones, our forensic computer examiner lends technical support to other law enforcement agencies during their investigation of online crimes.