The San Luis Obispo (SLO) County Central Coast Cyber Forensic Laboratory (3CFL) provides each law enforcement agency within the County access to state of the art digital forensic evidence collection platforms. Through our expertly trained personnel and digital forensic equipment, we enhance each agency's investigative capabilities to dynamically adapt to change in technology, ensuring that evidence is collected for admission in court.
Digital forensics is the process of uncovering and interpreting electronic data so that it can be used in a court proceeding. The goal of the process is to preserve any evidence in its most original form. This evidence is then structurally analyzed by collecting, identifying, and validating the digital information to reconstruct past events. Experience has shown that high technology crime is not specific to any jurisdiction or agency; because of this, law enforcement partners in the 3CFL are leading a focused, coordinated, and collaborative effort to combat the increasing frequency and intensity of high technology crime in all of SLO County.
Digital forensics is a relatively new and still developing field of forensic science. An estimated 22 billion devices are currently connected, that number is expected to skyrocket to over 75 billion by 2025; with that many connected devices, very few crimes will not have a digital footprint. Therefore, law enforcement personnel must remain adaptive, agile, and collaborative when working with this ever-evolving technology.
The collegial working relationship between the SLO District Attorney’s Office, Cal Poly, and local law enforcement agencies has enabled the 3CFL to grow and change at a rapid pace. This allows the 3CFL to stay ahead of industry trends and take part of the hands-on training opportunities made available through Cal Poly’s California Cybersecurity Institute (CCI).
The 3CFL is under the management of the SLO District Attorney's Office - Bureau of Investigations.
10 Sonoma Ave., BLDG #633
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Turn by turn directions
• HWY 1 to Camp SLO Main Entrance
• Immediate Left onto Jan Joaquin Ave
• Left on Kern Ave
• Left on Napa Ave
• Building 633 on the Right
Important note about requirements for entering Camp SLO
Please bring your law enforcement ID and/or badge and be prepared to show it at the front gate. This is a critical requirement for getting on base.
The 3CFL offers a few advantages other regional labs don’t - a broad range of hardware and software tools to scan digital devices, a team of investigators with wide-ranging expertise and a working relationship with local and state agencies.