Frequently Asked Questions

IWRCFL Frequently Asked Questions

IWRCFL Satellite Network

Q: What features do the Boise/Billings locations have? Are they similar to a full-scale RCFL?

A: The satellite laboratories offer the same services and conveniences as a full-scale RCFL. The Boise/Billings facilities are staffed by Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) certified Examiners who conduct digital forensics services on electronic equipment such as computers, cell phones, video cameras, PDAs, etc. They can also provide technical assistance such as advice on preparing a search warrant or affidavit pertaining to the seizure or potential seizure of digital evidence, and on occasion, can deploy to off-site locations to execute a search warrant.

Q: RCFLs are known for the excellent training they provide at no charge to law enforcement. Will the satellite locations provide the same training as other RCFLs in the program, including the IWRCFL?

A: Yes. The satellite locations will provide training, however, because they are not equipped with a classroom, instructors must travel to the law enforcement agency that requests their assistance. To request training, law enforcement personnel may register on-line by visiting the IWRCFL's training site.

Q: Can law enforcement personnel in Idaho and Montana still attend training at the IWRCFL?

A: Yes, however, the IWRCFL does not reimburse them for any travel/lodging expenses incurred. There is no charge for the actual training – that is absorbed by the RCFL Program.

Q: Should law enforcement agencies in Idaho and Montana ship their digital evidence to the laboratories that are closest to them?

A: Yes, please ship evidence to the local RCFL location.

Q: If evidence is shipped to the satellite locations for processing, can the requesting agency travel to that location to retrieve the findings once they're ready?

A: Once an Examiner produces their final findings for the investigator to review, they will notify the customer to determine the most convenient method of delivery.