Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy First Class Michael Wedgewood is now a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE), credentialed by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists.
The CFCE is a certification program derived from a series of technical computer/digital forensics competencies. The CFCE certification program consists of a six month, two stage process:
- Peer Review
- Certification Testing
The peer review phase is a mentored process; candidates are presented with a series of practical forensic problems. Candidates are required to successfully address each of the practical problems, apply the appropriate forensic techniques where appropriate, and submit reports or assessment documents after completing each practical exercise. The certification phase consists of a practical exercise and comprehensive written final examination designed to test the candidate’s ability to demonstrate and apply sound forensic techniques. Upon successful completion of this phase, the candidate is awarded the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner Certification.
Deputy First Class Wedgewood is currently assigned to the Computer Crimes Unit as an investigator. His partner, Deputy First Class Joseph Fiorini, obtained the certification in 2016. Both detectives are dedicated to continuing their education related to their field. This training and experience is especially valuable during major case investigations involving computers, cell phones, and other technology.
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