KSP partners with EKU to open new Digital Forensics Lab

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- A new digital forensic lab at EKU is a win-win for everyone.

“It’s rare that you have an opportunity for two different groups to come together where it truly benefits both and in this instance it really does,” said Kim Bradlwy, a forensic computer Examiner for KSP.

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Kentucky State Police partnered with Eastern Kentucky University to open this new state-of-the-art digital forensics lab on campus in Richmond.

“It is a supplemental laboratory to our main lab, our main digital forensics lab in Frankfort,” said Bradley.

The lab will process all forms of digital evidence for the state like computers, laptops and cell phones.

“Really anything that has digital evidence on it, we’ll be able to extract the data from it,” said Bradley.

The new location will help cut travel time for law enforcement agencies in eastern Kentucky but also offers a great opportunity for EKU students studying criminal justice and computer science.

“It’s a dream to a lot of students,” said Ka-Wing Wong, chair of the Computer Science Department at EKU.

Students will be able to get hands on experience in the lab as interns, something EKU staff say is the best way to prepare students for the industry,

“Applying what they learn from classes over here to work on projects in this facility is the best way for them to be prepared,” said Wong.

KSP says the lab will officially open on Monday.

EKU is also now offering a new Digital Forensic and Cyber Security major.