Section Commander Captain Patrick Snyder
Unit Commander Lieutenant Thomas Finan
The mission of the High Technology Criminal Investigations Unit (or “High Tech Crimes”) is to investigate cases involving digital evidence or the Internet when used as an instrument to commit serious crimes. High Tech Crimes detectives routinely conduct forensic examinations of computers, wireless phones, mobile devices, electronic storage media, video surveillance systems, global positioning devices, cameras, and any other emerging technology when needed during a criminal investigation.
The High Technology Criminal Investigations Unit is an active member of the New Jersey Cyber Crimes Task Force and the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. They also work very closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children involving criminal cases that occur within Atlantic County.
High Tech Crimes detectives are often requested to support other investigative units within the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. These types of criminal investigations are some of the most serious and sensitive in nature. They also provide technical assistance to any local, county, state, and federal agencies when needed.
The High Technology Criminal Investigations Unit generally investigates crimes related to the following types of cases:
- The utilization of the Internet, computers, and digital devices by sexual predators to lure children into illegal sexual acts or the exchange of illicit pictures.
- The collection, creation, and distribution of child abuse images and videos.
- The intrusions of computers to steal privileged information.
- The intentional damage to networks, the illegal modification of files, or the unauthorized collection of private information without authorization.
- Crimes of theft when digital evidence is utilized as a tool in the commission of the crime.