The Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force (JECTF) at The University of Alabama, established in August 2014, is a project initially funded by a grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Dr. Diana Dolliver serves as the Academic Director for the lab and UAPD Deputy Chief Clay Hickman serves as the Law Enforcement Director.
Created through a partnership between the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the College of Arts & Sciences, and local law enforcement agencies, this state-of-the-art lab processes digital evidence seized in criminal investigations by local, state, and federal officials. The JECTF is currently a member of Alabama’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and is affiliated with the U.S. Secret Service and the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI).
The JECTF contains hardware, software, and certified digital forensic examiners capable of forensically examining mobile phones, hard drives running Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems, DVRs, gaming systems, vehicles, drones, wearable devices, and CCTV video recordings (among others). In addition to our digital forensic capabilities, the task force has a robust internship program with internship tracks available to UA students in digital forensics and network intrusion and security, dedicated research space for cyber criminologists, and offers free training to law enforcement investigators in the areas of darknet investigations, cryptocurrency seizures, and OSINT techniques. JECTF examiners are also available to host digital forensics trainings for interested agencies; please email JECTF@ua.edu for more information.
Evidence Drop-Off Procedures
For agencies dropping off evidence or interested in learning more about the digital forensic services we provide, please review our policies here.
The JECTF is located in Cyber Hall on UA’s Campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401. For all law enforcement and academic enquiries, please email JECTF@ua.edu or call (205) 347-0608.