Digital Forensics Software

Goals

To identify the personnel or department responsible for making purchasing decisions when procuring management and digital forensics software for law enforcement agencies.

Early Findings

  • Federal, state, and local enforcement agencies can individually seek to purchase case management and digital forensics software for their law enforcement agencies and various bodies and departments are responsible at various jurisdictions.
  • There are also several grants available to law enforcement agencies at various levels towards acquiring case management and digital forensics software.

Making purchasing decisions and compiling selection criteria are usually done internally, and are hardly publicly disclosed. However, we were able to identify some insights into the procurement process of a few cities.
  • In New York City, acquiring new technology for the New York Police Department (NYPD) falls within the purview of the Information Technology Bureau (ITB). The bureau is headed by the Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology, Jessica Tisch.

Proposed next steps:

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We are suggesting further research that will build upon the initial findings. To that end, we are recommending additional research to identify the personnel or department within the law enforcement community responsible for making purchasing decisions in ten US cities or states. For starters, we will be focusing on police departments. Please feel free to share a list of cities, states, or law enforcement agencies you'd like us to focus on if you have any preferences.
Additionally, we'd like to propose research to identify 5 - 7 grants available to state and local enforcement agencies to assist in procuring case management and digital forensics software.