Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved by voice vote the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act (H.R. 3490). This bill, authored by Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), officially authorizes the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) under the United States Secret Service in order to train state and local law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges on how to investigate cyber and electronic crimes, conduct computer and mobile device forensic examinations, and respond to network intrusion investigations.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) praised today’s approval of H.R. 3490 in the statements below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “The rapid growth of innovation and technology in the 21st century has improved all of our lives but it also has presented criminals with new ways to commit crimes. As mobile phones, computers, and the Internet are now used by most Americans every day, no one is immune from cybercrime.

“In order to protect Americans from cyber criminals, the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act enables technology experts at the Secret Service to train local law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges on how to combat cybercrime in their own cities and states. I am pleased the House of Representatives approved this bill today and urge the Senate to take it up immediately.”

Congressman Ratcliffe: “In an increasingly connected society with rapidly evolving technologies, it is no surprise that cybercrime is on the rise. It is crucial that state and local law enforcement are properly equipped to address the growing challenges that cybercrime presents. The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2015 will help provide local law enforcement with the skills they need to fight back against cybercrime and keep our communities safe. I would like to thank Chairman Goodlatte for the opportunity to move this much needed legislation, which will play a vital role in training law enforcement in Texas and across the country. I’m grateful for its passage in the U.S. House, and I’m hopeful that the Senate will quickly take up this commonsense measure so it can be signed into law.”