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Medford Benefits From From SOHTCTF Split

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Detective Brandon Bloomfield has been part of the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force for several years, but will soon return to an office in Medford.

The Medford Police Department already has plans to set Bloomfield up with a new high tech crimes lab. With Bloomfield rejoining their team full time, high tech crimes in Medford will be the detective’s top priority.

However, the changes may not be as seamless for departments that cannot support their own high tech team.

Medford police are hoping to make sure criminals are caught regardless of where the high tech crime is committed.

“We know that criminals and people that do computer crime, and especially crimes involving children online, don’t care about jurisdiction, and we just want to make sure that we are protected not only in Medford but in Southern Oregon. So hopefully that’s going to be the case,” said Lt. Mike Budreau with the Medford Police.

Officials also says it will be the most cost effective option for the agencies and for tax payers. The cost of the technology is coming down, so now larger individual departments can afford the tools that used to require departments pooling resources to buy and support.

Leaders do say, however, that though the specialists will now be housed in their own respective agencies, they will still be recognized as a task force and will assist in federal investigations.