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Cyber Crime Fighting Act Passes House

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Washington, May 16, 2017 | comments
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, The U.S. House passed the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017 (H.R. 1616). which provides state and local law enforcement the tools they need to keep us safe against cyber-crime. Congressman Brady issued the following statement:

"Our local law enforcement faces new cyber-crime challenges on a daily basis. I’m honored to join my fellow Texan, U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe (TX-04), in making sure those who protect and serve us have the tools and training necessary to respond and investigate cyber-attacks."

BACKGROUND:
H.R. 1616 stems from a program developed by the state of Alabama in 2007, after the state approached the federal government to create a facility to train their local law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors on legal issues pertaining to cyber-crime. Under this agreement, the federal government provided a facility and the Secret Service provided training. The institute created in Alabama has trained officers and legal professionals from every state, providing them with the tools they need to train others within their agencies in areas pertaining to cyber-crime. This legislation also provides the institute with special equipment, including computer hardware, software, manuals, and other tools necessary for investigations and mobile device forensic examinations, and authorizes the institute to provide the equipment to state, local, and tribal authorities.

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