Partnering with Professors

Local law enforcement agencies can address cybercrime more effectively by looking for help from local schools and businesses, according to an article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin by Chief Tony Aeilts, who heads the California State University Police Department in San Luis Obispo, California.

Higher-education institutions can provide excellent resources, "but law enforcement agencies fundamentally underuse them," explains Aeilts. He recommends that law enforcement administrators identify university faculty and staff who can support a high-tech investigation.

The research conducted by faculty members puts them on the cutting edge of technology, notes Aeilts, and their positions "enable them to recognize the implications of emerging technology issues and understand potential social impacts."

He also recommends that agencies collaborate with high-tech businesses that may be able to provide much-needed financial resources through foundations that support their communities.

The University Police Department (UPD) at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo is a model for these types of collaborations. UPD officers received training from university staff with needed high-tech experience, and then the department, with help from university faculty, developed an "e-group site" that dozens of investigators from 14 agencies use "as a forum to solicit help" and a place to exchange information on high-tech investigations in progress.

@ Link to "Defending Against Cybercrime and Terrorism: A New Role for Universities" at SM Online.



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