Click to Home
Help Center
Click to Home
Go To Search
PrintEmailFacebookTwitterYouTube
City of East Grand Rapids
750 Lakeside Drive SE
East Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Ph: 616-949-2110
Fx: 616-940-4884

Home

Posted on: October 4, 2016

EGR Officer Receives National Cyber Safety Training

Jeff DeJonge

Vast technological improvements over the past years have lead to greater efficiencies and access to information. In the same stroke, these advancements have also opened up additional avenues for cyber related crime. From stolen identities to credit card fraud, cybercrime is rapidly growing – causing public safety agencies to evolve how they combat corruption.

Jeff DeJonge, an officer with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department, recently completed a five-week training course at the National Computer Forensic Institute in Birmingham, Al.

Established in 2008, the NCFI is a federally funded training center dedicated to instructing state and local officials in digital evidence and cyber crime investigations. During the course, DeJonge received extensive training and education on current cyber crime trends, investigative methods and prosecutorial and judicial challenges.

DeJonge said one of the greatest benefits to the City from his attendance is the ability to analyze evidence at the department instead of sending it to an outside agency – leading to greater efficiencies and faster service.

“As cybercrimes continue to rise, we need to have the skills and tools necessary to fight 21st century crime,” DeJonge said. “Having this training will prove very valuable and allow us to better serve our residents.”

Along with the training, DeJonge brought more than $20,000 in state-of-the-art equipment back to the City including a TALINO forensic workstation, which can be used to analyze computer hard drives for evidence. Additionally, he received a laptop and write blockers for use in the field as well as an extensive library of forensic software.

“Beyond the incredible training and cutting edge equipment, this was also a great opportunity for me to network with other agencies across the country,” DeJonge continued. “My classmates and I still regularly connect to troubleshoot and for advice on cases – it’s extremely helpful to have this network of public safety professionals focused on fighting cybercrime.”

DeJonge was able to attend the course at no cost to the City.

More information on cybercrime.
Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in Home

EGR Preventative Maintenance

Summer Preventative Maintenance

Posted on: June 8, 2017

Election Results - May 2, 2017

Posted on: May 2, 2017
Lannie Ross

Lannie Ross Retires

Posted on: April 19, 2017
Flooding

April showers bring...flooding?

Posted on: March 27, 2017
Family walking dog

Taking care of our furry residents

Posted on: February 15, 2017
Mayor Amna Seibold

2017 State of the City

Posted on: January 30, 2017
Garden Shed

Think Spring – Zoning Tips

Posted on: January 18, 2017
Tree Trimming

Tree/Shrub Trimming/Pruning

Posted on: January 5, 2017
Frozen Pipes

Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

Posted on: January 5, 2017
Christmas Decorations

Make Safety #1 this Holiday

Posted on: December 15, 2016
DPW Plow Driver Doug

Snowplow Season Coming Soon

Posted on: December 1, 2016
Cyber Security

Holiday Cyber Security

Posted on: November 27, 2016
Pumpkins

Trick-Or-Treat Safety

Posted on: October 17, 2016
Work Zone Begins sign

Construction Updates - 2016 Season

Posted on: June 9, 2015
Lake Drive Intersection

Lake Drive Now Open

Posted on: September 1, 2016
Mosquito

West Nile Virus

Posted on: August 12, 2016
Storm Water Image

Storm Water Drain Reminder

Posted on: August 4, 2016
Fire Pit Photo

Useful Summer Regulations

Posted on: May 25, 2016