National Computer Forensic Institute/ U.S. Secret Service
Mobile Device Examiner Training Program
Detective Brian Houser of the BG Police Division has graduated from the Mobile Device Examiner Course at the United States Secret Service National Forensic Institute in Hoover, Alabama. This all expenses paid training consisted of courses related to the recovery of digital evidence, legal issues and hardware utilization. Almost every criminal investigation has a digital component due to the proliferation of cell phones, tablets, GPS and other mobile digital data devices. Effective investigation and prosecution relies heavily on the ability to extract, analyze and present digital forensic evidence in a court of law. This training will allow the BG Police Division the capability to bring criminals to justice in an ever evolving digital world. The course not only provided information on trends and methods but also included a grant of $46,000 in digital forensic software and hardware that will be housed at the BGPD but will be made available to agencies throughout our region. This is just one of many instances of local collaboration with federal law enforcement agencies that will result in tangible benefits for the citizens of Bowling Green and Northwest Ohio.
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to Law Enforcement
The BG Police Division has been awarded a federal grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, administered by the Ohio Criminal Justice Services Office in the amount of $10, 867.00 for the purchase of 3 in car video cameras. This grant will assist the Police Division in completing a in-car video upgrade program started in 2015. With 18 marked cars, the expense to replace all the cameras at one time was cost prohibitive. Thanks to The Jag LE grant the agency has been able to fund 5 cameras during the replacement program, speeding up completion of the program to 2017.