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South Dakota DCI Electronic Crimes Unit to Host Japanese National Police


(Pierre) – Attorney General Larry Long announced today the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation Electronic Crimes Unit has been chosen to host two Japanese forensic examiners to study the state’s forensic lab. Kengo Takano and Yasushi Yoshida of the High-Tech Crime Technology Division of the National Police Agency in Japan will be spending two weeks at the state crime lab to get better acquainted with the electronic crime technology that is available in both South Dakota and the United States. 

“These men will have an opportunity to work with an excellent internet crimes unit and its investigators,” said Long. “This division has been very successful in its use of regional training for law enforcement and recently received national recognition from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for their work. It is easy to understand why the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation has been chosen to host these individuals.” 

The White Collar Crimes Center, the agency responsible for these fellowships, has been working with the National Police of Japan for a number of years. Several states apply each year to be a host state and South Dakota was fortunate to have been selected. Young agents that are hired by the National Police Agency of Japan typically have computer science degrees but lack forensic and real world experience. The fellowship is a chance for them to get hands on experience in the lab and in the field. 

For further information on the fellowships please contact Sara Rabern at 605-773-3215.