The Holland Department of Public Safety maintains one Certified Forensic Computer Examiner for on-site investigations. In 2012, due to the increasing need for digital forensics examinations and expertise, the Holland Department of Public Safety and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office implemented a joint digital forensics lab.
This lab is a collaborative effort between agencies to coordinate investigative services for crimes involving digital media throughout the city and neighboring jurisdictions.
The goals of the lab are to protect communities we serve by preventing and investigating crimes involving digital media. We strive to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our investigations through the ability to obtain, analyze and interpret digital evidence for prosecution. Through this collaboration examiners obtain funding through various sources to include the local budget, Homeland Security Grants, and the Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for specialized forensic equipment and advanced training. Our forensic computer examiner assists in internet investigations and forensic examinations of digital evidence. Technology changes in computers, cellphones, game systems, cameras, and other devices have made digital evidence an important element in the investigation and prosecution of many crimes.
in addition to digital examinations, in 2018 the joint lab examiners continued participation in the Juvenile Court Internet Safety program for juvenile offenders and their parents. This program addresses the risks and concerns for youth related to their online behavior, as well as, provides a hands on session for parents educating them on checking and monitoring their child's online activity.