Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Eugene C. Jackson

Second Advisor

Marcus K Rogers

Third Advisor

Baijian Yang

Committee Chair

Eugene C. Jackson

Committee Co-Chair

Marcus K Rogers

Committee Member 1

Baijian Yang


In this paper I will review the literature concerning investigator digital forensics models and how they apply to field investigators. A brief history of community supervision and how offenders are supervised will be established. I will also cover the difference between community supervision standards and police standards concerning searches, evidence, standards of proof, and the difference between parole boards and courts. Currently, the burden for digital forensics for community supervision officers is placed on local or state law enforcement offices, with personnel trained in forensics, but may not place a high priority on outside cases. Forensic field training for community supervision officers could ease the caseloads of outside forensic specialists, and increase fiscal responsible by increasing efficiency and public safety in the field of community supervision.