The Digital Forensics laboratory is staffed by detectives who are extensively trained and maintain an expertise in digital forensics. They work from the Torrance Police Department Digital Forensics Laboratory (TPDDFL) located at Torrance PD and are tasked with the recovery and analysis of data from computers, cellular phones, tablets and other electronic devices that may contain digital evidence. Through the use of sophisticated equipment and programs, these detectives are able to find information that criminals believe was hidden or destroyed. The lab also provides forensic video and imaging enhancement services.
The TPDDFL is frequently called to assist other detectives in various investigations, ranging from internet crimes, identity theft, child exploitation, narcotics dealing, and homicide. The lab is regionally partnered with the U.S. Secret Service, Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force (LAECTF).
The position can be quite demanding, but officers with an aptitude and desire to be near the forefront of technology can find the challenges very rewarding.