MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE


General Order


CHAPTER: 34 - C

TITLE: Computer Search and Seizure

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 19, 2009

NO. PAGES: 3

AMENDED:

REFERENCE:

CALEA 83.2.5

RESCINDS:

Special Order: Computer Search and Seizure 12.07.2007

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Sheriff of Monroe County


PURPOSE: The purpose of this directive is to establish a procedure to insure the proper search and seizure of computer evidence.


SCOPE: Includes the search and seizure of computer equipment both in operating and non- operating models, and all disks, drives, and peripheral equipment (see definitions).


DEFINITIONS:


Computer system - [as described in FSS 815.03 (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), and (8)]

computer monitor, central processing unit (CPU), hard drive, I/O (in/out) device, modem, CD-ROM, or floppy drive configured to work together as a unit or cabled together externally.


MCSO forensic computer examiner - Office personnel who have received specific training on the proper techniques to examine and recover evidence from computers and storage devices.


Peripherals - Auxiliary devices, such as a printer, modem, or storage system, that work in conjunction with a computer.


Recording device - CD-ROM, digital video disc, floppy disc, tape, zip, jazz, magneto-optical, or hard drive used to store data that is not currently connected to an operating system.


Recording media - Any disk, tape, cartridge or other type of media used to store data electronically (i.e. floppy disk, jazz cartridge, zip disk, jump drive, or magneto-optical disk).

PROCEDURES:


Searches and Seizures of computer hardware and software shall be done in accordance with State and Federal Guidelines for searching and seizing computers.


Secure the scene


evaluation of the evidence to the MCSO forensic examiner.


Upon completion of the computer/electronic device forensic analysis, the evidence shall be returned to the property division for evidentiary storage.

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