The following descriptions describe the various courses that will be offered by the NMRCFL.
Seizing and Handling of Digital Evidence
Investigators learn how to collect and preserve digital evidence, and to integrate digital evidence into a case. Additionally, investigators are exposed to the advanced tools and techniques used by the NMRCFL, so they can better understand what to expect from a forensics examination. This course requires no prerequisites, but attendees should have a working knowledge of computers.
Image Scan Training
The FBI's Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) developed the Image Scan system to help investigators locate the presence of picture files that may contain contraband on a computer. This system allows the investigator to view a variety of graphic formats during a consensual search, and protects valuable digital evidence by booting up a computer using the Linux operating system. After mounting the hard drive in a “read only” manner, Image Scan prompts the investigator to search for picture files only. During this process, the tool logs every step taken by the investigator, further documenting what occurred during the search process.
Law enforcement personnel that conduct on-site investigations for child pornography are encouraged to take the Image Scan training.