Kansas City has opened a new computer forensics lab that law enforcement authorities say will help them put drug dealers and child pornographers in prison. The $2 million lab opened yesterday as part of a national effort to expand law enforcement’s computer investigative capabilities, the Kansas City Star says.
Its computer experts come from the FBI and other federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies in the Kansas City area. The lab, which received funds through the USA Patriot Act, will help law enforcement agencies in Kansas and western Missouri. Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline said criminals increasingly are using computers to conceal their identities as they broke the law. The new facility, he said, will give criminals one fewer place to hide.