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Police taking steps to fight cyber crime

In a cramped, second-floor room at the Medford Police Academy, police are taking early steps toward getting a grip on the Internet. The Main Street facility has become the state’s computer law-enforcement hub. This month, Burlington Police Officer Robert Aloisi Jr. is participating in the 12-week Computer Crime Unit program. When he completes the course, Aloisi will be the Burlington Police Department’s first computer expert and the go-to cyber guy when residents think fraud, harassment, pornography, or other unwanted things hit their computer e-ddress. “We rotate detectives from each city and town,” said Medford Detective Lawrence James, who is also a federal marshal. Since the computer forensics lab opened in 2001, 16 police officers have gone through the course, paid for by each department and the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, or NEMLEC, a 41-community consortium of detectives from the northeast part of the state. Full Story

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