In the early 1990's law enforcement agencies around the world
began investigating crimes
involving computers, computer systems, computer evidence, and the Internet.
At the time, Law Enforcement was not equipped to handle
these types of investigations. Law enforcement
agencies from all levels of government, mobilized with
training, equipment, tactics and strategies for handling the growing number of cases involving
Today, almost all
investigations have some type of digital
evidence. The Modesto Police Department
realized the need to investigate crimes
involving technology and created a computer
forensics lab with one dedicated detective.
The Hi-Tech Unit is responsible for
investigating all computer and internet related
crimes which occur in the city limits of
Modesto. Growth of this unit is expected
to occur in the near future to help combat and
prevent computer crimes.
In addition to investigating
computer related crimes, the Hi-Tech Unit also
helps the other units assigned to Investigation
Services Division with the technology components
of their cases. For further information on
the Hi-Tech Unit or computer related crimes,
contact (209) 572-9551.