Press Release

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2006

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

RCFL NETWORK OPENS 10TH LABORATORY

Washington, DC - Kerry E. Haynes, Assistant Director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division (OTD), joined with the heads of several Denver area law enforcement agencies today to commemorate the opening of the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RMRCFL) in Centennial, Colorado. The RMRCFL is the tenth laboratory to join a national network of FBI-affiliated digital evidence facilities. The RMRCFL will provide digital forensics expertise and training to law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado and Wyoming. With the opening of the RMRCFL, the program is now available to approximately 3,500 law enforcement agencies in 13 states. Four additional RCFLs are scheduled to open by year's end in cities around the country.

RCFLs are full-service digital evidence laboratories and training centers that are devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of local, state, and federal criminal investigations. Regionally-based law enforcement agencies assign personnel to work as RCFL examiners, and have agency executives represented on the RCFLs Executive Board. The RMRCFLs participating agencies include the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office; Aurora Police Department; Colorado District Attorney; Douglas County Sheriff's Office; the Denver Police Department and; the FBI's Denver Division. OTD provides training, laboratory operating procedures and principles, technical support, equipment and certification to RCFL Examiner trainees, and assumes a majority of the start-up costs including acquisition of the space, and construction expenditures.

Speaking at a press conference held at the RMRCFL, AD Haynes said, "We're here today because six agencies not only shared a vision of what could be, but committed valuable resources to build and equip this flagship facility. This RCFL embodies the concepts of partnership and technology - two of the most effective weapons we have to thwart and combat acts of terrorism - while also protecting our citizens from crimes that impact their lives everyday."

Digital forensics is the application of science and engineering to the recovery of digital evidence in a legally acceptable manner. RCFL Forensics Examiners apply their skills on a variety of digital devices such as computers, personal digital assistants, cell phones, and video cameras. Examiners are trained to extract information that may serve as evidence in a criminal or terrorism investigation.

For more information about the RCFL Program, visit their Web site on www.rcfl.gov.


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