William Crane
William Crane
Affiliated with Division of Information Technology & Science

In 1971, after 4 years in the Marines, I began a law enforcement career with the U.S. Immigration Service. I served in the Border Patrol on the Mexican border and as a Special Agent in several U.S. locations. While based in Washington, D.C. I was selected as the first Special Agent to serve in the Nazi War Crimes Unit in the U.S. Department of Justice and served in that capacity for 3 years.

I subsequently held a number of increasingly responsible positions within the Federal Inspector General community, retiring in 1997 as the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Investigations at the U.S. Department of State. I then joined the National White Collar Crime Center in West Virginia as an Assistant Director and also served as Operations Director of the National Cybercrime Training Partnership comprised of law enforcement, academia, and private sector in the development of high-technology training.

In 2005, I accepted a three-year assignment at the Police College in England, heading the High Tech Crime Training unit. This led, in 2008, to another three-year assignment in New Zealand where I served as Operations Manager for the NZ Police Electronic Crime Lab program with facilities in Auckland, Dunedin and Wellington. That assignment was completed and I returned to the U.S. After a bit of eDiscovery work in Florida and some teaching at the Defense Cyber Crime Center in Maryland, I entered my current position at Champlain College, in Burlington, VT, as Associate Professor and Program Director of the Digital Forensics Graduate Program.

My digital forensics experience began while working as a Federal Agent specializing in major frauds. It became obvious that evidentiary documentation, books, records and other data were being stored on computer systems and that a forensic acquisition and examination of that data would take special skills. I sought out and acquired training in these skills and upon Federal retirement, I became very active in sharing and teaching these skills to law enforcement. I have been a frequent lecturer at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the FBI Academy and various police training facilities around the world. I hold several certifications in the field of digital forensics, represented the U.S. Department of State at a number of domestic and international conferences on computer crime and served on a number of National Institute of Justice Technical Working Groups involved in the Forensic Sciences and Digital Evidence. While residing in West Virginia, I was an Adjunct Professor at Fairmont State College. While in England, I received my Master's Diploma in Cybercrime Forensics from Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England. More recently, I have served as an adjunct On-Line professor for the University of California at Irvine, and am still on faculty there.


Organizational Memberships
  • The International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (www.iacis.com—Former Board Member; Lifetime member
  • High Technology Crime Investigation Association (www.htcia.org)
  • High Tech Crime Consortium (www.hightechcrimecops.org)
  • The Consortium of Digital Forensic Specialists (www.cdfs.org)—Former Founder and Board Member
Recent Publications
  • Digital Forensics, "A Decade of Change," Police Magazine, 11/11/2013 (www.policemag.com)
  • Digital Forensics, "What's To Come," Police Magazine, 11/25/2013