Byte Out of Crime

The Tarrant County District Attorney’s digital forensics services began 15 years ago with one investigator who programmed one computer for the use in economic crime cases.

As digital devices have become widespread, they have become instrumental in solving criminal cases. This led former district attorneys Joe Shannon and Tim Curry to increase staff members that would analyze data from cameras, video and audio equipment and cellphones.

In May the Digital & Forensics Services team set up shop in the Tarrant County Plaza Building, which will allow the newly consolidated unit to perform an increase in its digital forensic services to law enforcement agencies in Tarrant County, across the state and even nationwide.

The new facility has stations to remove computer hard drives and four computer examining stations, which allows multiple cases to be worked on using multiple computers if necessary. —FWTX Staff