Computer Forensics is a branch of forensic science pertaining to evidence found in computers and digital storage mediums. Computer forensics adheres to standards of evidence admissible in a court of law. Computer forensics experts investigate data storage devices (such as hard drives, USB Drives, CD-ROMs, floppy disks, tape drives, etc.), identifying, preserving, and then analyzing sources of documentary or other digital evidence.
The District Attorney’s Office has been providing Computer Forensic services since 1999. The unit currently consists of two officers, Detective Heather Rhoads and Detective Christopher Erb, who are certified Computer Forensic Examiners. In the last 4 years collectively, the detectives have both logged well over 2500 hours performing forensic examinations on not only computers, but removable media, hard drives not in computers, and cameras. The Computer Forensics Lab can work on four different cases simultaneously.
In the past the unit has assisted the PSP, FBI, NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service), USPIS (United States Postal Inspection Service), County Police departments, Reading Police, Delaware County Detectives, and out of state police departments.
To contact the Computer Forensics Unit: 610-898-1005