North Eastern Massachusetts
Law Enforcement Council

Public Safety through Regional Partnerships


Computer Crime (NOTE: Limited Services)

Control Chief Chief Leo A. Sacco, Jr. Medford Police Department
Assistant Control Chief VACANCY
Commanding Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant John J. McLean
Medford Police Department
Executive Officer-in-Charge Deputy Chief Martin Cohan
Peabody Police Department

The Computer Crime Unit (CCU) provides forensic and investigative services to NEMLEC agencies, and other law enforcement agencies if/as designated by the Executive Board. The unit is also responsible for training police in computer crime investigations, providing community-based Internet Safety Training and to investigate all forms of crimes facilitated by the use of high technology (computers) within our jurisdictions. The unit in Medford serving Middlesex County, and Peabody serving Essex County.


CCU is composed of specially trained officers who:

  • provide an enhanced investigative and computer forensic component to existing NEMLEC units and members,
  • provide an operational laboratory and training facility to NEMLEC units and members,
  • coordinate a regional NEMLEC computer crime task force,
  • provide risk assessments, public awareness and cyber crime prevention training to member departments.


CCU officers, trained to respond and investigate complex and increasingly common computer-related crimes, provide member agencies with specialized investigative services for a broad range of offenses:

  • Crimes in which a computer, the Internet or other form of electronic communication was utilized, including but not limited to:
  • Internet based Child Exploitation & Child Pornography, Child Sexual Solicitation
  • Internet Threats/Extortion, STAR Incidents
  • Cyber-Stalking/Cyber-Harassment & Annoyance/Domestic Abuse-R.O. Violations Online
  • Internet based Access Device Fraud, Unauthorized/Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards/Passwords
  • Hacking/Computer Trespass and Exceeding Authorization/Theft of Computer Services
  • Viruses/Destruction & Altering Computer Data, Denial of Service Attacks
  • Computer based Forgery, Counterfeit Products, Labels, Trade Marks and Software Piracy
  • Internet/Computer based Identity Theft and Frauds and Scams
  • Computers and Component Theft, Internet based Receiving/Buying Stolen Equipment
  • Theft of Trade Secrets, Economic Espionage
  • other offense for which knowledge and/or utilization of Computers or related technologies was used in communicating, planning or perpetration the crime.

Specific examples of computer crime by category

Personal Crimes Property Crimes National Protection Financial Crimes
Cyber-Threats Cyber-Larceny Cyber-Theft of Government Secrets Online Credit Card Fraud
Cyber-Identity Theft Cyber-Fraud Online Economic Espionage Electronic Funds Trans. Fraud
Cyber-Harassment Cyber-Theft of Trade Secrets Cyber-Terrorist Activity Computer Desktop Forgery
Cyber-Violations R/Orders Cyber-Vandalism/Destruction Cyber-Threats to Gov. Officials Electronic Counterfeiting
Cyber-Stalking Cyber-Copyright Infringement Cyber Attacks to Critical Systems Online Auction Fraud
Computer Hacking Theft of Computer Services Online Criminal Disorder and Anarchy Corporate Identity Fraud
Possession/Dissemination Child Porn, Luring - Enticing Minors Internet Counterfeit Products/Labels Internet Bomb Making and Weapons of Mass Destruction Internet Scams

The CCU provides a full range of computer crime investigation and forensic training to officers from member agencies. This training ensures all NEMLEC agencies have officers skilled in the response and investigation of computer crimes. Training areas include:

NEMLEC CCU will be offering specialized training (basic & advanced) in the following areas:

  • Basic & Advanced Computer Crime Investigation & Response Training
  • Basic & Advanced Computer Forensic Training
  • Safety & Cyber Crime Prevention Training
  • Computers/Network Security Training
  • Internet Safety Lectures
  • WEB Based Training

Community Education
The Computer Crime unit also provide periodic information sessions to the community, training citizens on the basics of computer crime and prevention measures.

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