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The Digital Forensics Lab at the Ludington, Mich., Police Department serves both the LPD and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, giving both agencies quicker access to vital digital evidence right in their backyard. The idea for such a lab had been in Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett’s mind for a while when he bumped into a man named Stephen Marx at a Friday Night Live event. Marx mentioned he had been a contract digital forensics examiner with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We knew we needed some abilities because of the increased presence of digital evidence,” Barnett said.

Det. Mike Kenney of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office has been working on digital evidence since 2009.

Combating Crime with Computers | DFI News.

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