- Elected Officials
- Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit
Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit
CONTACT : HTCU@Tippecanoe.IN.gov
- Purdue University Cyber Forensics Department
- Purdue University International Center for Biometric Research
- Tippecanoe County Prosecutors Office
- Lafayette Police Department
- West Lafayette Police Department
- Purdue University Police Department
- Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department
- Tippecanoe County Community Corrections
- Tippecanoe County Probation Department
The Tippecanoe County High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU) is a collaboration of local law enforcement agencies and Purdue University to provide investigative resources when examining with various forms of digital evidence. Purdue's partnership provides students great opportunities for real world experience, research topics, software development, and digital forensics training.
In 2011, the Prosecutors office presented a MOU to local agencies to officially create the High Tech Crime Unit and combine resources to investigate cases with digital evidence. This was done due to the high cost of equipment,software, and specialized training neededfor the examiners. All the locally agencies also joined the Indiana ICAC Task Force. The HTCU has added three members since the original MOU. The HTCU is utilized to process digital evidence from almost any type of investigation such as child pornography and molestation, child neglect, vehicle crashes, domestic violence, drug investigations, murder, robbery, theft, fraud, and many more. In 2016, Purdue University provided a secure location in Discovery Park to centralize all the resources for the HTCU. The HTCU has discovered valuable evidence for prosecution to obtain convictions at trial and increase plea agreements thus reducing the trial congestion. This saves the county money.
The relationship with Purdue's Cyber Forensics Program is extremely valuable to the HTCU, the professors, and students. The HTCU provides real world experience for the Cyber Forensics Students, helps with research topics, and helps test tools developed by Purdue University.
The HTCU is administered by Prosecutor Pat Harrington. The HTCU has received over $400,000 in grants over that past 10 years from ICAC and grants awarded to the HTCU. The Prosecutors Office also provides funding for training and equipment not covered by grants.
The digital forensic examiners of the HTCU receive training / certifications from various programs and vendors such as IACIS (International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists), Purdue University's Cyber Forensics Masters Program, the NW3C (National White Collar Crime Center), SANS, National Computer Forensics Institute, CelleBrite, AccessData, Encase, BlackBag Technologies, Magnet Forensics, and many others. Examiners receive constant training updates to address emerging technology and software issues.