The New Jersey State Police High Tech Crime Bureau is directly responsible for the effective and efficient performance of all investigative and analytical personnel and equipment used in the investigation and apprehension of individuals perpetrating criminal activity through the use of computers and other technology. The High Tech Crime Bureau consists of six units, the Cyber Crimes Unit, Digital Technology Investigations Unit, Electronic Surveillance Unit, Polygraph Unit, Forensic Photography & Composite Artist Unit, and the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL).
The Cyber Crimes Unit (CCU) is composed of State Police enlisted detectives, civilian analysts, and task forces from other police agencies. Read more about the Cyber Crimes Unit.
The Digital Technology Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting investigations of offenders that utilize computers and computer technology for the purpose of exploiting children. Read more about the Digital Technology Investigations Unit.
The Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) assists investigative and intelligence gathering units within the Division of State Police. Additionally, ESU provides technical collaboration and support to other state, county, local and federal law enforcement agencies in the region. The Electronic Surveillance Unit procures and distributes audio and video surveillance equipment for the Division of State Police and is tasked with the maintenance of that equipment.
In the course of supporting criminal investigations, ESU members supply detectives with specialized electronic equipment needed to capture evidence for a successful case conclusion and prosecution. Case specifics and equipment used by the Electronic Surveillance Unit are of a confidential nature. To protect the integrity of the means and methods used to gather investigative leads and evidence of crimes committed details are not provided. Members of the Electronic Surveillance Unit provide the technical assistance needed by detectives in the field when an investigation leads to a communications intercept. The investigators from this unit provide expert advice, as it pertains to state and federal laws governing these types of investigations and additionally facilitate this part of the investigation.
The Electronic Surveillance Unit is a highly specialized assignment, which requires special investigative and technological skills. To enhance these skills, investigators from this unit are members of professional organizations including the National Technical Investigators Association (NATIA) and support the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) working group.
The New Jersey State Police Polygraph Unit was initiated in 1952. It consisted of one detective who was the first examiner in the eastern United States. The value of polygraph was quickly recognized which resulted in the Unit's quick growth to thirteen members. The New Jersey State Police Polygraph Unit was the sole agency in the state that conducted polygraphs for many years.
Today, the Polygraph Unit conducts polygraph examinations for federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies. The goal of the Unit is to provide the highest quality of service to those agencies. Annually, the Unit attains a confession rate exceeding 80% from those that are examined and determined as being deceptive. Unit members further provide the service of statement analysis. Statement analysis aids investigators in determining the veracity of statements given by a victim, suspect or witness.
The Polygraph Unit's success rates are directly attributed to the members' expertise in the art of interview and interrogation. The three day Interview and Interrogation Course conducted by Unit members remains one of the most requested specialized schools at the State Police Academy in Sea Girt.
The Forensic Photography & Composite Artist Unit maintains a complete photographic and composite Imagery laboratory. Black & White, Color, ultraviolet, infrared and other forensic methods are utilized to obtain and produce high quality imagery for court room purposes and in conjunction with requests submitted by Municipal, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, Regional Laboratories, the Attorney General’s Office upon request. Typical requests include, but are not limited to microscopic particles, documents, latent fingerprints and ballistics evidence. Additionally, the unit is responsible for the processing and issuing of various types of identification cards for both New Jersey State Police enlisted and civilian personnel.
The Forensic Photographers are responsible for processing various types of photographic film, digital imagery and video for evidentiary use. The Unit is also capable of providing technical support and assistance to all Municipal, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies in the use of all facets of photographic equipment, film, digital media, computer imagery, video (production, surveillance, still imagery and duplication) and training. The unit also provides applications involving evidence imagery (clothing, weapons, footprint impressions, altered writing, fingerprints, bruises, etc) in the laboratory using various types of filters and lighting sources.
The Unit’s Forensic Artists are available to assist all Municipal, County, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies with various forensic imaging requests. Artist a capable of producing traditionally drawn forensic illustrations or digitally rendered illustrations based on information provided by victim’s witnesses and law enforcement officials in order to identify wanted, missing and or other unidentified persons.
Additionally, artists routinely work with a Forensic Anthropologist to produce facial approximations (reconstructions) based on unidentified human remains. Forensic Artists also provide demonstrations and presentations based on the role of Forensic Art in criminal investigations to law enforcement agencies, civic groups, and educational institutions.
The NJRCFL squad is comprised of five enlisted State Police Detectives and two civilian analysts assigned to the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (NJRCFL). The NJRCFL is part of a nationwide network of thirteen Regional Computer Forensic Laboratories established by the FBI. The NJRCFL is staffed by personnel from eight different Federal, State, County, and local law enforcement agencies dedicated to the examination of digital evidence in support of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The NJRCFL conducts forensic examinations of digital media, such as computers, cell phones, video-analog and digital, and Personal Data Assistants (PDA’s).
They assist federal, state, and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies in support of criminal investigations through forensic collection, recovery, processing, preservation, analysis, storage, maintenance, and presentation of digital evidence.
Additionally, members of the RCFL provide training and education for federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel and prosecutors regarding the forensic examination of digital evidence as it relates to the investigation and prosecution of computer-related or technology-facilitated crime.
They act as a central laboratory for computer forensic examinations and the analysis of digital evidence as it pertains to technology related crimes in the state of New Jersey. For more information about the NJRCFL, please follow the link listed below.