Troy University personnel receive grant to aid law enforcement

Posted: Thursday, 25 September 2008

TROY—Troy University’s Office of Information Technology will use a $463,000 federal grant to enhance a computer forensics lab to aid state and local law enforcement agencies, according to Greg Price, chief technology officer.

Price said the grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help TROY’s information technology team address the problem of expanded use of technology in criminal activities. The main goals of the program are to help state and local law enforcement personnel develop adequate skills for the handling of electronic devices, promote awareness of computer crime and provide research and lab services for electronic evidence analysis.

“One of the main areas we will work on is teaching law enforcement agencies how to properly handle digital evidence,” Price said. “For example, there are certain steps that must be followed to make sure the chain of evidence is not broken so that information found on suspect’s computers will be admissible in court.”

Price said he and some of the members of the information technology staff have assisted law enforcement for several years, but this grant will allow his computer forensics team to expand the program and increase its range of services to law enforcement.

“The rapid change of technology and the expanded use of technology by criminals require law enforcement agencies to step up training in areas no one could have predicted just a few years ago,” Price said. “Not every department has the personnel or the expertise to meet the challenge. That’s where this new lab will make its contribution.”

The next few months will be spent buying the equipment for the new lab, which will be located on the Troy Campus, Price said.

The grant was provided by the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretional Grants Program of the United States Department of Justice.

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Troy University information technology systems administrator Steve McQueen, left, and chief technology officer Greg Price, right, test portable computer forensics capture devices that are a part of a mobile computer crime scene lab under development at TROY as part of a $463,000 federal grant aimed at enhancing state and local law enforcement capabilities. (TROY photo)