Award

An investigator with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office has been named a top forensic examiner by the National Computer Forensic Institute.

Brett Roach was honored Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, for his work in 2020. Roach is a digital forensic examiner with Hall County and conducted more than 350 examinations with more than 40 terabytes of data recovered last year. Road also serves as a task force officer, or partner, attached to the U.S. Secret Service.

“I am honored to receive this award, and it is really a testament to the hard work of the entire agency,” Roach said. “The amount of dedication of the investigators with HCSO is clearly displayed in the amount of digital evidence recovered last year.”

Roach’s 2020 statistics place him at the top of all partners within the U.S. Secret Service Atlanta Field Office and 32nd in the nation among more than 2,000 partners. In addition to his work in 2020, he also completed more than 240 hours of training in his field.

“I’m extremely proud of Investigator Roach,” HCSO Criminal Investigations Captain Dale Long said. “He has always been our ‘go-to individual’ for technical assistance with electronic devices. His work provides relief to fellow investigators who would otherwise wait weeks, if not months, for
evidentiary data to return from analysis.”

The National Computer Forensic Institute serves as a training center for the U.S. Secret Service.

“We express our appreciation to the U.S. Secret Service for offering Investigator Roach the opportunity to attain this high level of training, and the equipment that goes with it, at no cost to Hall County citizens,” Long said.

— Staff Reports

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