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FAQ



What is an RCFL?

It's one stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted to the examination of digital evidence.

What do RCFLs do exactly?

They conduct forensics examinations of digital media, such as computers, PDAs, and digital cameras, in support of an investigation and/or prosecution of a federal, state or local crime.

What types of crimes does an RCFL help investigate?

RCFL investigations span all types of criminal activity including:
  • Terrorism
  • Child Pornography
  • Crimes of Violence
  • Trade Secret Theft
  • Theft or Destruction to Intellectual Property
  • Internet Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Financial Crimes
  • Property Crimes

When was the first RCFL opened?

The first RCFL was established in San Diego, California in 1999, and a second site opened shortly thereafter in Dallas, Texas in 2000. Today, 14 RCFLs are in operation - click here to view a map of their locations.

How does the RCFL accept cases?

RCFLs examine evidence submitted in criminal investigations only. All examinations regardless of submitting agency are prioritized according to published criteria. While requests for direct technical support are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, the RCFL responds as resources permit.

How much does it cost to establish an RCFL?

RCFL start-up costs vary from site to site depending upon the number of personnel assigned, real estate costs, and site preparation/renovation.

What are the primary forensics responsibilities of an RCFL?

These responsibilities include:
  • Conduct a comprehensive examination of digital evidence
  • Provide a complete and timely report to the contributor
  • Provide testimony as needed
  • Act as a regional focal point for digital evidence issues
Computer Forensics Examiners can extract information from a computer system or digital media and can often recover deleted, encrypted, or damaged files. Any or all of this information may be useful during discovery, hearings or trials.

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