Washington, DC – Congressman John Ratcliffe’s bill, H.R. 3490 – the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives earlier today. It now heads to the Senate.
“This bill is about standing up for our law enforcement,” said Ratcliffe. “They protect our communities, keep us safe, and uphold the pillars of law and order our society depends upon. We owe it to them to give them the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
H.R. 3490 authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute which is the premier cyber-crime training center in the nation. Digital evidence is becoming an increasingly important component of every cyber crime and security threat our country faces. To date, the NCFI has trained more than 4,590 local officials from all 50 states, including several from Texas’ Fourth Congressional District.
Kelli Aiken, an Assistant District Attorney from Hunt County reinforced the importance of authorizing the NCFI saying her training at the facility had “transformed their evidence collection and prosecution, leading to more successful apprehensions, more prosecutions, and more convictions.”