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Internet of Things

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $445,932)

The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) proposes to develop and implement a comprehensive national training and technical assistance (TTA) program for the criminal justice community with regards to IoT devices. The project design is organized into three areas: 1) increase the knowledge of criminal justice practitioners through high quality training regarding the investigation of crimes involving IoT devices; 2) establish a comprehensive national technical assistance program to  increase the ability of criminal justice agencies to solve problems and/or modify policy or practices related to preventing, investigating, and responding to the IoT calls for service; and 3) provide training and resources to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies so they can provide public awareness education about IoT to reduce victimization. 

The first objective to increase the knowledge of criminal justice practitioners through high quality training regarding the investigation of crimes involving IoT devices. We will use staff and subject matter experts to develop curriculum, training modules, training material and instructional aides related to the investigation of crimes related to the IoT. The course will be developed so it can be delivered in-person or online. Our implementation will help fill the gap where information and training in investigating crimes involving IoT devices is limited. Our proposed focus will be on selected categories of IoT devices most encountered in law enforcement situations. All trainings will address technical, legal, and ethical considerations.

We propose to implement a comprehensive high-quality national technical assistance program which will provide cost effective aid to state, local, territorial and tribal jurisdictions with regard to the IoT. This objective will be accomplished through the following deliverables: 1) establish an IoT Listserv; 2) create an IoT database; and 3) provide customized technical assistance to meet specific needs of agencies.

Prevention and awareness training will focus on best practices to secure devices and avoid becoming a victim of IoT privacy intrusion. As a community force-multiplier, the training will encourage partnerships with law enforcement by teaching citizens how they can provide data quickly and voluntarily when needed as evidence of criminal activity.

The NCJTC will leverage its experience and extensive infrastructure to deliver high-quality TTA program deliverables under budget and on time. With the staff, expertise, resources, and partnerships already in place, we are ready to begin development of the IoT training, database and the other items associated with this proposal.

Date Created: December 6, 2021