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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: aMatlock@FortSmithPD.org
           Unit: CyberCops@FortSmithPD.org
   
Description
Alvey Matlock has been with the Fort Smith Police Department since 2005 and is currently assigned to the Administrative Services Division where his primary responsibilities include managing the public safety network infrastructure, 911 Communications Center, and Regional Mobile Data system. Alvey assists Sgt Bowers as a computer forensics analyst and technology advisor on the Computer Forensics Unit. Alvey has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Arkansas Tech University. He has over 950 hours of technology and computer forensics training.
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: bowers@FortSmithPD.org
             Unit: CyberCops@FortSmithPD.org
   
Description
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.



Brandon Lowdermilk Criminal Investigator, Computer Forensics Analyst
Name: Brandon Lowdermilk
Position: Criminal Investigator, Computer Forensics Analyst
Division: Criminal Investigations
Phone: (479) 709-5104
Email - Direct: brandon.lowdermilk@FortSmithPD.org
           Unit: CyberCops@FortSmithPD.org
   
Description
Detective Brandon Lowdermilk has been with the Fort Smith Police Department since December, 2008. He served in the Patrol Division as a Patrolman until July 2013 when he was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division. He served in the Crimes Against Property Unit investigating burglaries and other thefts before being transferred to the Crimes Against Persons Unit. While there he investigated murder, robbery, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. Detective Lowdermilk is currently assigned to the Computer Forensics Unit as an investigator and computer forensics analyst. He also serves as a team leader on the Fort Smith SWAT Team.
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