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Newark PD investigator named top graduate from forensic program

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An investigator with the Newark Police Department in New York has been named the top graduate in digital forensic examination techniques by the US Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute. Investigator/Sergeant Jay Warren was recognized as the most productive digital forensic partner based on his examination of various devices such as thumb drives, DVDs, cell phones, and network storage systems.

The Secret Service established the Forensic Partner Reporting program to enhance local law enforcement’s capacity to handle digital forensic examination while expanding its own capabilities. With over 1,500 examiners in the US, Warren has been at the top for the last four years, achieving a legendary status among digital forensic examiners.

USSS National Intrusion Forensic Analyst Tom Barillari, who works at the training facility in Alabama, shared that he is frequently asked if he knows Warren by fellow examiners. At the Buffalo field office, a detective who was introduced to Warren exclaimed, “Wow, you really do exist. I keep hearing about you and was wondering if you were real.”

Chief Richard Martin praised Warren’s achievement, saying the award demonstrates that excellent work is carried out by small agencies across the US. Mayor Jonathan Taylor added that Warren’s skills in digital forensics have been invaluable, not only to Newark but for the entire country.

The recognition of Warren’s work comes as the demand for digital forensics increases in law enforcement, with many criminal cases involving digital evidence. The Forensic Partner Reporting program has enabled local law enforcement to build up their expertise in handling digital evidence and support their communities.