AG's office hosts law enforcement training, education session

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 14, 2017

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's office hosted a training session for state and local law enforcement with the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center.

Working with a crowd of law enforcement officers from around the state, the NDCAC held a regional training course aimed at improving communication and knowledge of the ever-changing field of communication technology.

“We live in a world where almost every criminal is using a phone, tablet or computer,” Morrisey said in a statement. “Giving our police officers a chance to better understand how those devices can help them solve crimes will only make West Virginia a safer place to call home.”

The NDCAC is a U.S. Department of Justice led effort that works with law enforcement and private industry professionals. It is located in Fredericksburg, Va., and opened in March 2013 to help state and local law enforcement agencies uncover evidence buried in digital devices or stored in computer systems.

“Any additional training for law enforcement is beneficial,” Clendenin Police Chief David Brinckman said. “When it is hosted by Attorney General Morrisey, I expect it to be one of the best training sessions I’ll attend.”

Morrisey spoke at the event about his passion for providing investigators with the tools they need. He said his office remains committed to assisting law enforcement officers fight the opioid epidemic, root out fraud and protect consumers.

“Many times social media platforms and communication applications are used as evidence,” said James Agee, an investigator for the West Virginia Department of Education and retired police officer. “Anything we can do to benefit our mission, which is to protect children, is a good thing.”

Topics included sections on technology sharing, broadband pen register/trap and trace, and communication awareness.

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