Cracking a computer case

Criminals use computers for all manner of nefarious activities — this is not news — from arranging meetings between Johns and prostitutes, to distributing illegal pornography, to advertising the sale of goods which had been stolen from residences and businesses. PoliceOne Technology Help Correspondent last month wrote an article (the full text of which you can read here) that provides an excellent tip for investigators who are certified to gather digital information: invest in a hard drive duplicator.

They’re relatively cheap (well, some are relatively cheap, others cost thousands of dollars), they’re very reliable, and they can solve a host of problems created by trying to obtain digital data via other means such as “ghosting,” which can be tedious and time consuming.

The prices and complexity of operation vary, so you’ll need to research all your options and determine which solution best suits your department’s needs. To get you started, some of the top names in the market are StarTech, Voom Technologies, ICS (Intelligent Computer Solutions), and Logicube.

One last thing: As you do your “shopping” you should keep in mind that many of these types of devices can be written into any number of Federal and State grant programs. If you have any questions on using grant funding to support your department’s investigations unit, you should check out

About the author

Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

Doug regularly represents PoliceOne as a public speaker in a variety of forums and is available for media interviews — he has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television news programs, and has been quoted in a host of print publications. 

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

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