The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit operates within the Investigative Division of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. The unit supports patrol and other law enforcement agencies in Brown County, as well as other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in the investigation of a broad range of computer-related crimes.
Since 2014, the emphasis of the unit has been Internet facilitated exploitation of children. These offenses include the possession, distribution and production of child pornography, as well as child enticement. Digital Forensics continues an aggressive program into the investigation of online distribution of child pornography. Officers from the Brown County Sheriff's Office and partnering agencies, Ashwaubenon Public Safety, De Pere Police Department and Green Bay Police Department initiate investigations into the online distribution of child pornography, which result in arrests for manufacturing, possession and/or promotion of child pornography charges.
Digital Forensics also works with Human Trafficking investigations in cellphone, tablet, or computer type extractions requested by investigators.
Digital Forensics works closely with a number of agencies in the fight against online crime, including the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).