The Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS) training program teaches fundamental forensic techniques for the analysis of electronic data from Windows desktop computer systems and selected peripherals. While the program is an advanced training for FLETC, it is designed as a comprehensive digital forensics introductory program of instruction for novice examiners or those who wish to update their skill/tool set.
The SCERS training program is an intense program that requires substantial computer aptitude and prior computer training. Successful completion of a graded practical exercise is required for graduation. Classroom work is intensive with substantial after-hours work required for most students.
The SCERS training program tuition includes state-of-the-art hardware and software which will be issued to each student and will be demonstrated and used during class. The goal of the program is to provide the hardware, software and training to enable the graduate to examine Microsoft Windows-based digital evidence immediately upon return to their office. Topics addressed in SCERS include examinations of data from desktop and notebook computers running commonly used operating systems, including but not limited to Windows 9X, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10; hands-on use of specialized software to enhance investigative analysis; court testimony; and digital forensic report writing.
Must have successfully completed the Digital Evidence Acquisition Specialist Training (DEASTP) or equivalent. Additionally, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that the student attend the Introduction to Digital Evidence Analysis Training Program (IDEA) which is linked below. For SCERS prerequisite waiver information, please contact the point of contact listed. Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws; Direct Law Enforcement Support Personnel (DLESP); or employees of a federal, state, local, tribal or international agency who perform functions directly related to a law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission but do not necessarily have the authority to carry and use firearms, make arrests and/or conduct searches with or without a warrant. This category of personnel may also include military personnel preparing for deployment.
This program is part of the FLETC's Cybercrime Track (FCT) or the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Track. By entering FCT or ELSUR into the search window, other related Cyber Division programs can be found.
Required Training Materials
The SCERS training program tuition includes state-of-the-art hardware and software.
Forensic analysis of digital data in a Windows environment
Encryption & Steganography theory and application
Digital forensic report writing
Digital forensic testimony / Court certified expert
NTFS theory / overview
- Federal organization personnel should contact their agency training officer to register for training. If you do not know your agency representative you may contact: FLETCAdmissions@fletc.dhs.gov for assistance.
- State, local and tribal officers requesting training should apply online. If organizational support is required or you have additional needs, please email FLETCAdmissions@fletc.dhs.gov
- International (non-US) personnel should email FLETCfirstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 912-261-4023.
Program Contact Info
Glynco: (912) 267-2702