Digital Forensic Laboratory

The Fort Worth Police Department’s Digital Forensic Laboratory (DFL) was created in 2004 and is currently located on the 4th floor of the Thomas R. Windham building at 350 W. Belknap Street.

The DFL is a support unit within the Criminal Investigations Division and reports to the lieutenant of the Forensic & Economic Crimes Section. The DLF sergeant supervises the five sworn detective examiners, one civilian examiner, one part/time office assistant.

Each examiner must agree not to promote or transfer for five years once selected to for the unit. Forensic training is expensive and each examiner is required to obtain the IACIS Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE) certification.

Examiners are provided state-of-the-art hardware, software, and training to allow for the examination of seized computers, mobile devices, and surveillance video. This includes the ability to conduct JTAG and Chip-off procedures to acquire data from micro-processing chips found inside computer, tablets, and cell phones.

DIGITAL FORENSIC LAB STATISTICS

Year     Computers   Mobile Phones   Forensic Video
 2004      110      0
 2005      113    26    0
 2006      98    31    0
 2007      99    108    230
 2008      118 (12.0 TB)    332    472
 2009      101 (10.7 TB)    277    380
 2010      113 (14.6 TB)    291    353
 2011      245 (33.2 TB)    413    392
 2012      345 (59.2 TB)    548    379
 2013      332 (63.9 TB)    602    319
 2014      206 (45.0 TB)    510    217
 2015      224 (68.5 TB)    507    137

The lab frequently hosts training for the National White Collar Crime Center (www.nw3c.org), Teel Technologies (www.teeltech.com), and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (www.iacis.com).

DFL members are active in digital forensic organizations including: IACIS, NW3C, High Tech Crime Investigator Association (HTCIA), USSS North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force (NTECTF), Scientific Working Group on Digital Evidence (SWGDE), and National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS).

For more information, you may contact Troy Lawrence or call 817-392-4552