MEDFORD, Ore. — One Jackson County detectives dual loyalty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will allow him to pursue high tech crimes wherever they may take him, according to a statement from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).
Detective Gabe Burchfiel was sworn in as an FBI agent on Tuesday after a period of intensive training. But his new status won't take him away from the Jackson County — instead, JCSO says, he'll be primed to take on online crimes that may originate outside of their jurisdiction.
"The dual designation allows Detective Burchfiel to investigate local crimes that may include activity outside Oregon, such those that involve children lured by internet predators," JCSO said.
Burchfiel is now poised to join the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force (SOHTCTF), a unit embedded at the Medford Police station that consists of a team of investigators from both local and federal agencies. Most of their cases are linked to child sexual abuse or exploitation, but they have also been known to assist with homicides, sexual assaults and drug trafficking.
The kind of training that Burchfiel received from the FBI includes a certification for the "forensic examinations of electronic devices," a component that JCSO says has become increasingly common in criminal cases these days.
With a detective now trained in the pursuit of computer-related crimes, JCSO says that thy won't have to look far afield at other labs for their high tech needs.