Computer Crime Unit
The Computer Crime Unit (CCU) provides outreach and education to community groups on internet safety and training to law enforcement agencies on the tools and processes used to assist with the prosecution of technology related crimes.
The CCU currently has an authorized strength of 52 sworn and non-sworn members. The Computer Crime Unit consists of three primary functions which support state, local and federal agencies in the securing and processing of digital evidence. These are: Field Investigations; the Computer Forensic Laboratory (CFL); and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).
The multi-agency Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force targets predators who seek to exploit and victimize children through the use of computers and the Internet.
In addition to being involved in forensic examination of digital evidence and child exploitation investigations, members of the CCU also routinely engage in outreach to civic and community groups, conduct presentations on internet safety, identity theft, and computer security. To highlight training achievements in 2014, the CCU provided training on Social Media and Investigating Open Sources of Information as well as hosting an Internet Crimes Against Children On Line Advertisement course to a diverse audience of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This training provided valuable and timely information on current internet and technology related matters.
As a result, the Computer Crime Unit has been successful in educating local law enforcement agencies and civic groups in emerging trends and technologies. This training is necessary to keep up with the sophisticated perpetrator that is present in today's society.
Submitting Agency (Customer) Information
All evidence submitted into the CCU must be accompanied by a submission document that includes:
- Description of the evidence being submitted
- The type of forensic examination requested
Note:Be advised, CCU is not part of the NYSP Crime Laboratory, and as such, do not fall within the Crime Laboratory's ASCLD/LAB Scope of Accreditation.
The technical staff of the Computer Crimes Unit reserves the right to select the most appropriate test method, including subcontracting, for the analysis of the evidence submitted. The basis for the selection of test methods will be to provide the most meaningful and probative results to the submitting agency.
Questions related to available test methods and method selection should be directed to the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center in Albany, NY. Phone number 518-457-1208.
The Computer Crimes Unit is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of all case-related information received and/or developed during casework activities. The Computer Crimes Unit will not release confidential information to unauthorized third parties without the prior approval of the investigating agency, by official court order or subpoena.
The Evidence Receiving section will return all completed cases to local agencies for proper retention and final disposition.
Customer Satisfaction Survey
CCU strives to satisfy the needs of the criminal justice community we serve, and in an effort to continually improve the level and quality of services, it actively solicits feedback from our customers.
It is important to let us know if there are areas in which we can improve our service.
You can request from a Customer Satisfaction Survey by contacting CCU at 518 457 5712. Your comments and suggestions will be used in an effort to improve our service.
Information on the NYSP website is presented as a community service. Reproductions of information or images taken from the NYSP website must be used for the sole purpose of supplying information as a non-reimbursable, community service. The rules and regulations of the State Police are contained in Title 9 (Executive Department), Subtitle K of the state compilation and can be accessed through the Department of State website. If you are unable to download a PDF document on this site, you may request a copy by e-mailing the Planning and Research Section. Please state which document you would like and supply your name, address and phone number.