Chesco detectives getting high-tech help

The Chester County District Attorney's Office announced this week that it has opened a new computer forensics lab that detectives will use to analyze electronic data.

The Chester County commissioners approved $192,000 in funding for the center in Aug. 2013. The space - which has energy, cooling and ventilation systems specifically engineered for computer forensic work - was partially functional in early July and fully operational in early August, according to District Attorney Tom Hogan.

"From murder to child abuse to white collar fraud, almost every major crime in today's world has some electronic evidence component," Hogan said in a statement. "The new Computer Forensics Lab allows Chester County law enforcement the top-notch hardware and software to investigate and convict modern criminals."

Hogan said the lab will be staffed by two full time detectives but is designed to accommodate up to four employees should need grow in the future.

- Tricia L. Nadolny