Detective Matt Dotts has been employed by the Derry Township Police Department in Hershey, Pennsylvania for twenty-one years. He worked as a patrol officer for 12 years, where he received advanced training in vehicle crash investigations and spent five years on the bicycle patrol unit. In 2011, he transferred to the criminal investigation section where he now specializes in financial and Internet-facilitated crimes. He is a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the Cyber Crime Unit of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office and a member of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.
Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in digital forensics, from DeSales University. His graduate thesis examined the challenges of policing high-crime cyberspaces and tested methods to alter offender behavior on a website that was used for criminal purposes. He continues to study the criminal use of the Internet and the use of digital technology for unlawful purposes.
In addition to academic degrees, Matt holds several professional certifications, including the Certified Financial Crime Investigator (CFCI), Certified Economic Crime Forensic Examiner (CECFE), and the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and Certified Incident Handler (GCIH).
Detective Dotts is an adjunct instructor at Harrisburg Area Community College where he instructs a range of criminal justice courses. He frequently lectures to private, civic, and business groups about cyber-financial crime, Internet security, and the criminal use of technology.