Barry Foster, head of the Police e-crime lab in Auckland, is leaving the Police to take up a new position at forensics services company PPB McCallum Petterson.
After eight years with the Police, Foster will move into his new role as head of computer forensics in New Zealand at the firm’s Auckland office in February.
Foster says this is an opportunity to use some of the knowledge he has built up in the Police force over the years, in the civil sector. Foster has a military police and military intelligence background.
Civilian forensics companies generally “fill in the gaps” for the Police, which has limited resources for dealing with anything considered lower level fraud, Foster says.
Applications for Foster’s replacement at the Auckland e-crime lab closed on Friday.