There are also challenges to the job. "The challenge of working with computer forensics is that it's mentally tiring instead of physically tiring. Instead of interviewing a suspect to convince him to tell you the information he knows but doesn't feel like giving you, a computer has to give you the information as long as you can find it properly," says Detective Darrel Taber who has been on the police department seven years and in the CFU one and one-half years.
"It's easier to turn a cop into a geek than a geek into a cop. The field is dynamic and constantly changing. We're very fortunate because we have full-time computer forensic people and the chief supports that," says Detective Ordonez. A well-rounded, experienced, and street-savvy detective, Ordonez, like his colleagues, is dedicated to his mission within the unit. Armed with the right amount of enthusiasm and assertiveness, though unpretentious, Ordonez and his colleagues obtain fulfillment from their job while, at the same time, making tremendous contributions to public safety. "No one likes child pornographers. If you can put those groups away, that's pretty rewarding," says Detective Ordonez. Detectives in the Computer Forensic Unit do just that, and, among other things, they do it all exceedingly well.