Director Mueller Announces Five New Computer Forensic
D.C. -- FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III today announced
that five additional Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories
(RCFLs) in Buffalo, NY, Houston, TX, Newark (Trenton),
NJ, Portland, OR and Salt Lake City, UT will join
the program, more than doubling the number of these
facilities nationwide. RCFLs are highly specialized
laboratories that provide forensic examinations of
digital media, such as computers, in support of an
investigation and/or prosecution of a federal, state
or local crime.
1999, the first RCFL began operations in San Diego
and since then, additional laboratories have opened
in Dallas (North Texas RCFL), Kansas City (Heart of
America RCFL) and Chicago.
Director Mueller said, "Regional Computer Forensic
Laboratories play an important role in the fight against
terrorism by providing critical and timely computer
forensic expertise. Additionally, our examiners have
helped secure convictions against child pornographers,
petty thieves, stalkers, murderers and white-collar
criminals. This program is a smart solution that is
positively impacting the way we address complex crimes
involving digital evidence."
RCFL is a unique partnership between the FBI and other
law enforcement agencies representing federal, state
and local governments operating within a geographic
area. Because RCFLs are based on the concept of partnership,
each participating agency provides personnel to serve
as examiners, and in return they receive access to
computer forensic examination and advisory services;
sophisticated technical training for their employees;
and increased computer forensic capacity in the region.
Preliminary planning for the new facilities has already
begun. Over the next year, plans include the securing
of office space, providing FBI-sponsored training
for incoming examiners, and the procurement of all
equipment. It is anticipated that the new facilities
will open their doors by the end of 2004. To learn
more about the national RCFL Program, visit their
web site at www.nationalrcfl.org.