HOOVER, Ala. – Recently, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) toured the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Ala., with United States Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy and Randy Hillman, Executive Director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association.
The NCFI’s state-of-the-art facility in the Birmingham area offers training classes to judges, prosecutors, and local, state, and national law enforcement officers on methods to combat the increasing number of criminal cases committed online. These classes are funded by the federal government and often offered to attendees from partnering state and local agencies at no cost.
“Cyber crime – whether it be identity theft, cyber stalking, or child pornography – is one of the toughest issues our law enforcement agencies face today. NCFI does a phenomenal job giving police officers, DAs, and judges the resources they need to combat and prosecute cyber criminals,” said Reed. “It was an honor to tour NCFI’s cutting-edge facility with Director Clancy and Randy Hillman.”
Over 4,000 law enforcement officers, judges, and prosecutors from all 50 states have been trained at the facility, including over 400 law enforcement personnel from Alabama. According to its economic impact report, NCFI estimates that $13.9 million in federal funds has been spent in Alabama by the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service from 2008-2014.
“Senator Reed continually stands up for Alabama’s law enforcement personnel and district attorneys,” remarked Hillman. “I appreciate Senator Reed taking time to tour NCFI’s facility, which offers vital training to law enforcement in Alabama and across the country.”
“In some parts of the country, law enforcement members are under attack – both verbally and physically,” said Reed. “I firmly believe we should honor those who serve and protect us, because they risk their lives for the protection of our communities.”
Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties. He is vice-president of Preferred Medical Systems.