But for the Indiana Jones hat and palm tree studded tie, First Sgt. Todd Durica looks the part he held during his career in banking: tie, jacket, glasses, and shined shoes. He started as a teller out of high school and rose to assistant bank manager in four years. College called and he started a late career in academics. But it wasn’t until he started tracking and prosecuting shoplifters at the full time job he worked during school that he found his interest: law enforcement.
“I prosecuted 250 arrests a year at that store,” he said.
While working for the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, after taking a degree in Administration of Justice from George Mason University, Durica found his passion: computers. Now the former paper boy, banker, loss prevention specialist, and patrol deputy, focuses on digital equipment and how to tease out information from the bits of circuitry and electronics that make up today’s world.
“Originally computers were the main source of electronic information,” he said. Now, according to Durica, it’s “small mobile devices” that occupy his time.
Durica is in charge of the Sheriff’s Office electronics lab on West Cameron Street. There, two rooms of equipment serve his needs as he examines cell phones, computer boards, and electronic components of all sorts. From those examinations he finds photos, IP addresses for the internet, search histories, geographic locations that a suspect has traversed and all manner of useful information for investigations.
It’s a long way from his beginnings in electronic investigations. He was self-taught on computer functions and hardware.
“I never took a computer course,” he said. At one point he rebuilt a computer on his own because he decided, “I need to learn how to do this.”
Since then he has taken training in Alabama for forensic electronic investigation, in Florida with the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. He is now a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner, a member of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force (Richmond) and the NOVA-DC Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
Durica’s path, driven by chance and discovered passion, is a story of hard work above all else. His current reading list reflects the interest and the passion— “Simple Genius” by David Baldacci and “The Lure” by Steve Schroeder, both about crime, and the battle against its chaos.
“Todd’s expertise in electronic investigations is an important tool we use to help solve crimes,” Sheriff Scott Jenkins said. “I appreciate his work ethic and can do attitude.”
Todd A. Durica
Detective 1st Sergeant Criminal Investigations Division
Married: 2 children
Hobbies: Assistant Troop Leader, Boy Scout Troop 196, photography, reading.