In the City of Hoover, Ala., Birmingham’s largest suburb, you’ll expectantly find the nation’s premiere hi-tech crime training facility, which is proving itself to be an economic boom for the area.
First opened in 2008 the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI) is a federally funded training center run by the United States Secret Service’s Criminal Investigative Division and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services. There, state and local officials from across the country are trained on the proper handling of digital evidence, cybercrime investigations, and judicial procedures related to digital crime.
Over the past ten years, 7,523 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges have been trained from all 50 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to the NCFI for world-class training.
And the City of Hoover is celebrating its success. Friday morning, the city took to Facebook to share that the NCFI has spent a whopping $21,125,260 over the past ten years in the city, including booking 86,406 hotel room nights, which is the largest source of room nights in the metro area. The NCFI has even proven itself beneficial to the local Hoover Police Department as $670,320 in training and equipment has also been provided to them courtesy of the NCFI.
“The city of Hoover is proud to host this premiere facility that contributes to a safer nation,” the City wrote in a Facebook graphic.