Computers have found their way into most jobs these days, and law enforcement is no exception. Modern technology has greatly improved how some law enforcement professionals can perform their jobs, including increased accuracy in evidence gathering and testing. It has also created new positions involving solving Internet crimes, intellectual property violations, computer forensics and security. There are several career paths which merge law enforcement with computers and technology.
Computer forensics, often defined as utilizing analytical techniques to collect digital evidence and other information that is magnetically stored, has become an in-demand job. Some television shows portray computer forensic specialists as helping to solve high-profile crimes by analyzing evidence or capturing information on a suspect's hard drive, which are definitely aspects of the job. However, the position can encompass many tasks. Forensic specialists can be called upon to assist resolving company matters such as accidental disclosure of data or possibly to assess damage after a possible security breach of the company's computer systems.
Cyber Crime and FBI jobs
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a department dedicated to handling cyber crimes. According to their website, the main priorities are computer intrusions, online predators, fraud and intellectual property rights such as protecting music and movies from illegal downloading and copying. The department also deals with Internet fraud, scams and other web-based interactions. The number of perpetrators in this area continues to grow and generate the need for agents to handle these issues. If you apply as a special agent and are accepted, you can be prioritized in the hiring process if you have a background in information technology, as this is considered one of the FBI's "critical skills."
Information Technology at the FBI
If you prefer not to work as a special agent for the FBI, technology positions are available as part of their professional staff. These positions support the technology infrastructure of the FBI and may still support investigations. In addition to the main offices of the FBI, each field office also employs technology staff.
Law enforcement support
Many other positions in law enforcement involve the use of computers, including jobs that support police officers and court personnel. In addition, there are positions with administrative agencies that maintain records, issue permits and perform research. Besides having the requisite education and work experience, being computer literate will give you an advantage over other individuals with less technology experience.
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