Senate, House bills to train officers to fight cybercrimes

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A House bill to equip state and local law enforcement officers with tools to solve cybercrimes and bring perpetrators to justice has been reinforced by a companion bill in the Senate.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., have introduced legislation in support of Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and the “Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017.” 

Both bills — which share the same name — authorize the National Computer Forensics Institute in Hoover, Alabama, which provides law enforcement with techniques and best practices for handling digital forensics evidence. The specialized tools and training would be applied to crimes using digital technology, ranging from hacking to human trafficking, and would be available to agencies from across the country.

The Senate companion bill was cosponsored by Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala.; Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI; and Luther Strange, R-Ala.