The Vermont State Police began a Computer Crimes Unit in January 2000. However, as law enforcement has continued to evolve and adapt to the challenges of the 21st century, the need for an investigative unit with a focus on existing and emerging technology crimes was identified. To address this need, the Vermont State Police created the Technology Investigation Unit (TIU) on July 1, 2017. TIU’s focus is on the collection and analysis of digital evidence and to assist investigations by the Vermont State Police, along with local, county and other state law-enforcement agencies. The Technology Investigation Unit has five components.
- Computer Crime Unit - Detectives assigned to this unit are specially trained to collect and analyze digital evidence and to conduct computer-related investigations. They also provide expert testimony, assist prosecutors with legal interpretation of scientific results, and train other criminal justice agencies in related topics. The Computer Crime Unit works closely with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
- Cellular Device Investigations - Detectives assigned to this unit are highly trained to collect and analyze all types of mobile devices. Detectives also are trained to analyze wireless network carrier data.
- Polygraph Unit- Polygraph examiners are highly trained detectives who conduct polygraph examinations to assist in criminal investigations. This unit also assists the Office of Professional Development with the hiring of Vermont State Police applicants.
- Executive Protection Unit - The Executive Protection Unit is responsible for the safety and transportation of Vermont’s governor. Members of the unit also assist with visiting dignitaries from outside the state.
- FBI Cybercrime Investigator - This detective works directly with the FBI Cybercrime Task Force, assisting with investigations of national and statewide cybersecurity threats.