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Cracking cybercrime

Date: March 14, 2007

Hoover will be where law-enforcement officials from across the country come to learn how to use information-age tools to crack cybercrime.

Last week, federal, state and local officials gathered in Hoover to announce that the nation's only National Computer Forensics Institute will be housed in the Hoover Public Safety Center off Valleydale Road. There, the U.S. Secret Service will train about 1,000 police officers, investigators, prosecutors, judges and private-sector specialists each year on how to use high-tech devices to catch and prosecute suspects engaged in cybercrime or using such technology in other crimes.

The institute is a true partnership. Hoover is providing 33,000 square feet of free space; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide $9 million a year to pay for training and to operate the institute; the state will spend $3 million to build classrooms, labs and other facilities; and Shelby County will pay architectural costs of about $250,000.

This is the kind of intergovernmental cooperation too often lacking in this region. Thanks to all of those who made it happen in Hoover.
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