As the Internet has grown in use and influence globally, so have the incidents of electronic and computer-based cybercrime. Whether it involves hacking, identity theft, spamming, fraud, harassment, drug trafficking or other illegal activity, cybercrime is clearly an issue that affects all levels of society.
This in mind, it is more important than ever that local law enforcement be able to recognize this criminal activity in their jurisdictions and be able to correctly handle digital evidence to effectively prosecute those arrested for such crimes.
The Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky. and its Small, Rural, Tribal and Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC) Public Safety program are hosting a workshop on Sept. 22 for Kentucky law enforcement officials that will let their voices be heard concerning cybercrime and funding needed to combat the growing trend.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at The Center for Rural Development, located at 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY (at Traffic Light 15). The event is being held free of charge, and food will also be provided at no cost to participants.
The Somerset event is part of an 18-month national study launched by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), its National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Electronic Crime Technology Center of Excellence to assess the needs of state and local law enforcement agencies to combat electronic crime and all crime involving digital evidence.
Information gathered in the workshop will be used by DOJ to obtain funding and establish funding priorities that assist state and local law enforcement in combating electronic crime and crimes with digital evidence. The project will include input from: state police, local police, state prosecutors, judges, tribal law enforcement, campus law enforcement, and parole officers.
Operated by The Center for Rural Development, SRTB-RC is one of four resource and outreach centers in the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s
(NLECTC) system within the National Institute of Justice, a program of the U.S. Department of Justice.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION
Law enforcement interested in registering for the Sept. 22 workshop will need to create an account on www.ectcoe.net. To do this, please go to http://www.ectcoe.net/auth/register and fill out the registration form. Once the registration has been processed, you will receive an email alerting you that your account has been activated. At this time, you can go to www.ectcoe.net and login with your username and password.
Once logged in, the direct link to register for the workshop is:
http://www.ectcoe.net/na/workshops.php. Please register by September 13th, as space is limited. You will receive a confirmation email prior to the workshop with more details.