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NPO fax: (703) 985-3979
NPO email: NPO@rcfl.gov


About RCFLs



An RCFL is a one stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations such as—

  • Terrorism
  • Child Pornography
  • Crimes of Violence
  • Trade secret theft
  • Theft or destruction to intellectual property
  • Financial crime
  • Property crime
  • Internet crimes
  • Fraud.

RCFL Structure

RCFL Examiners combine the talents and experience of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Normally, an RCFL consists of 15 people: 12 of the staff members are Examiners and 3 staff members support the RCFL. The RCFL's duties may include—

  • Seizing and collecting digital evidence at a crime scene
  • Conducting an impartial examination of submitted computer evidence
  • Testifying as required.

What is Digital Forensics?

Digital forensics is the application of science and engineering to the recovery of digital evidence in a legally acceptable method. Examiners use digital investigation and analysis techniques to determine potential legal evidence by applying their skills on a variety of software programs, different operating systems, varying hard drives sizes, and specific technologies. Examiners are capable of locating deleted, encrypted or damaged file information that may serve as evidence in a criminal or terrorism investigation.