Berkeley County South Carolina Sheriff's Office

Computer Forensics and Technical Services Division

Captain Dan Barcus commands the Computer Forensics and Technical Services Division.  The division provides support services to other divisions and units within the Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. Dean Kokinda supervises the units and assigned personnel and assists with video evidence examination, cell phone extractions and fingerprint identifications.

Units within the Division: 

Computer Forensics Unit: 

The Computer Forensics Unit’s (CFU) responsibilities include cell phone information retrieval and examination, video evidence examination, conducting forensic computer exams, and other technology-based investigations. Detective Corporal Kyle Bealer is a member of the United States Secret Service Digital Forensics Task Force.

Corporal Bealer also assists with investigations related to crimes against children in partnership with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Due to the proliferation of technology in mainstream society, virtually every criminal investigation includes some type of technology-based investigative component.  From robberies to sexual assaults, the use of computers and cell phones provide critical information in real time crime investigations.

Crime Analysis / AFIS Unit: 

Corporal Kara Whetstone serves as the Sheriff’s Office Crime Analyst and Latent Print Identification Specialist. Cpl. Whetstone is certified to examine latent prints with the agency’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). Deputies submit fingerprint impressions from crime scenes to the unit for identification. Information from Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reports are submitted online so that Berkeley County residents can view crime in their area.

Corporal Whetstone also serves as the agencies Crime Analyst, as such she gathers and analyzes crime data that is then shared with command personnel, criminal investigators and patrol deputies to be used to address crime trends in the county.

Video Evidence: 

Kristy Mills serves as the Digital Evidence manager and oversees the WatchGuard in-car video and body-worn camera video evidence hardware and video library.

In-Car Video Recording Systems – The Sheriff’s Office currently has 110 in-car video systems deployed.  (as of August 2020)

Body Worn Cameras – There are 128 body worn cameras deployed to Sheriff’s Deputies.  (as of August 2020)

Captain Barcus also serves as the agency’s C.J.I.S. (Criminal Justice Information Services) Compliance Officer and is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the Sheriff’s Office meets required C.J.I.S. policies and procedures as set forth by the FBI and SLED.

He also serves as the I.T. (Information Technology) Liaison to the Berkeley County Information Technology Department to assist in furthering the Sheriff’s Office technology needs.

Dash Cameras Body Cameras
Approximately 75 in-vehicle camera systems and nearly 150 body-worn cameras have been deployed to Sheriff’s deputies. By the end of 2019, all patrol vehicles will be equipped with in-vehicle cameras.

Mobile Data Access
More than 100 mobile data units have been configured and deployed to deputies, allowing them to access data and prepare reports while remaining in the field. These units are a critical piece of the new enhanced records management system.

Updated Records Management System (RMS)/Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Jail Management System (JMS)
These programs are expected to be operational by the end of 2019. These programs will increase proficiency and more efficiently utilize data.