Computer Forensics Unit

Computer Forensics
The Computer Forensics Unit serves as a regional law enforcement resource for internet and computer crimes in Arkansas. We specialize in the investigation of internet and computer-related crime and the forensic examination of various types of digital evidence, such as hard drives and cell phones. The unit is also available to assist the community, schools, and other organizations with internet safety presentations.

The Fort Smith Police Department and others in the region and state have combined to share resources in the battle against the online exploitation of children. Since forming the Computer Forensics Unit, we have partnered with the US Attorney’s Project Safe Childhood, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Innocent Images Task Force, the United States Secret Service (USSS), the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Cox Communications, and others. These organizations help provide funding, training, equipment, and other resources to the department and community. By working together we can maximize our resources and ability to protect children.

Alvey Matlock, CISSP, MCSE Network Manager, Certified Computer Forensics Analyst, Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner
Name: Alvey Matlock, CISSP, MCSE, EnCE, CCME
Position: Network Manager, Certified Computer Forensics Analyst, Cellebrite Certified Mobile Examiner
Division: Administrative Services
Phone: (479) 709-5182
Email - Direct:
Alvey Matlock has been with the Police Department since 2005 and is currently assigned to the Administrative Service Division. His responsibilities include supervising a team that manages the public safety information technology infrastructure, 911 Communications Center, mobile data system, and Crime INTEL and Analysis program.

Alvey is also a Computer Crimes Investigator specialized officer tasked with supporting the Criminal Investigations division tasked with collecting, preserving, and analyzing digital evidence. As the department’s digital forensics expert his responsibilities include overseeing the digital forensics lab, mobile device expert, analyzing evidence in local, state, and federal cases, peer-to-peer investigations, and assisting specialized units with UC chat operations. A range of criminal case experience includes, Crimes Against Children, Narcotics, Homicides, financial fraud, Corporate Hacking cases, and human trafficking Education accomplishments are a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science emphasis in Business from Arkansas Tech University, over 1400 hours of specialized forensics and technology training that includes Secret Service National Forensics Academy in advanced forensics, social networking, and Network Intrusion response and investigations, a member of Arkansas ICAC, Certified expert testifying in local, state, and federal cases. Specialized training and certifications obtained in his tenure with the police department include CISSP, EnCase, Cellebrite, XRY, JTAG, Cell Phone analysis and mapping, MCSE, Cisco, VMware. Alvey also advises and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern State University Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security teaching CyberCrime and Digital Forensics.
Anthony Bowers Supervisor, Certified Computer Forensics Analyst
Name: Anthony Bowers, EnCE
Position: Supervisor, Certified Computer Forensics Analyst
Division: Criminal Investigations
Phone: (479) 709-5129
Email - Direct:
Sergeant Anthony "Tony" Bowers has served the people of Ft. Smith at the Ft. Smith Police Department since June, 1989. He served for over seven years in the Patrol Division as a patrolman and has served on the SWAT Team, Honor Guard, and Crime Suppression Unit. In January, 2000 Sergeant Bowers was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division where he specialized in investigating forgeries and other white collar crimes. In April, 2002 Sergeant Bowers was promoted to sergeant and shortly thereafter served as a detective supervisor. Sergeant Bowers was instrumental in developing the Ft. Smith Police Department’s current forgery reporting system. Sergeant Bowers has also served in the Office of Professional Standards and as Administrative Assistant to the Office of Chief of Police. He is currently assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as supervisor of the Computer Forensics Unit.

External Resources for Parents, Teens, and Protecting Young Children on the Web
Visit the FSPD on Facebook  Visit the FSPD on Facebook NetSmartz: Information For Parents  NetSmartz: Information For Parents
Report Online Child Exploitation	  Report Online Child Exploitation NetSmartz: Information For Kids  NetSmartz: Information For Kids

FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center	  FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
Teen Program  Teen Program

COX Communication - Take Charge program	COX Communication - Take Charge program
A Child Is Missing	A Child Is Missing

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