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News Release
Salem Police detective receives national recognition - 04/30/21

Salem, Ore. — Detective Matt Brassfield, assigned to the Salem Police Criminal Investigations Section (CIS), was recognized today by the National Computer Forensics Institute and the United States Secret Service for being one of the nation’s top 50 digital forensic examiners for two consecutive years.

Brassfield was presented two awards for his work in 2019 and 2020 as Top Forensic Examiner. The field of digital forensics involves the recovery and investigation of material found on digital devices. The meticulous work helps in the investigation and prosecution of property and persons crimes. The seasoned detective was ranked number 17 among examiners across the nation in 2019 and ranked 44th in 2020.

Brassfield joined the police department’s computer forensics lab in 2016 and shortly after became a certified computer forensics examiner through the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. He quickly demonstrated a keen aptitude for the technically complex work of forensic analysis.

Of the esteemed recognition, CIS Sergeant Kevin Hill had this to say, “Detective Brassfield has been instrumental in developing evidentiary data leading to the successful prosecution and closure of serious criminal cases, such as homicides, sexual assaults and child exploitation. We are grateful to the US Secret Service who provides the high level of training at no cost and to the benefit of our Salem community.”

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