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Justice and Security Institute

The Justice and Security Institute (JSI) is committed to making our community a safer place to learn, work and worship.

The Justice and Security Institute Digital Forensic Lab can assist you with your cyber security needs through our state of the art digital forensic laboratory. Utilizing the latest computer systems and software, designed specifically for forensic data extraction and recovery, our investigators can perform the below services to help you with your digital security needs.

Forensic Imaging

Data Recovery

Digital Examination and Analysis

Mobile Device Extraction

Viruses and Malware Scans

Permanent Device Deletion


Meet the Director

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My name is Alvi Castro, and I'm the Director of the Digital Forensic Lab. Alvi holds his Masters of Science in Digital Forensics from Champlain College and has over two decades of investigative and managerial experience in Federal Law Enforcement. He supervised the Criminal Alien Section, Violent Criminal Alien Section, and the Fugitive Operations Unit. Alvi retired from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2018. He currently serves as an investigator with the Office of Special Investigations through the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Alvi is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists and the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners and holds the following Digital Forensics Certifications: Certified Computer Examiner through ISFCE, Certified Cyber Crime Examiner by the National White Collar Crime Center, Cellebrite Certified Operator, Cellebrite Certified Physical Analyst, and Paraben Certified Smartphone Examiner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone who has authority or ownership of an electronic device that stores digital media (such as a cell phone or laptop). Potential clients should want to copy, search or permanently delete that media. Clients are often businesses, public institutions (like schools or colleges), lawyers, or parents.

Clients may want to utilize this service for a variety of reasons, such as collecting suspicious information, permanently deleting data, or cloning existing material.

For example, a school system might suspect that a student is using the school’s computer to access inappropriate material on the internet. In this case, the school would bring the device to the Justice and Security Institute (JSI). Then, JSI would clone the suspected content and turn over all materials— along with a detailed report— to the school. 

Absolutely. As long as you have consent and access to the electronic device, you may use this service! A business may have the same concerns about an employee utilizing one of its computers improperly. Or parents, for example, often use this service to check on a child’s safety and activity online.

Additionally, critical thinking, problem-solving, analysis, and communication are also skills that are reinforced throughout the curriculum. 

Online or in-person courses will explore skills, group dynamics, organizational structure, change management, and more. You'll learn how to think strategically, identify future innovations and opportunities and develop potential in others.

This service allows us to search electronic devices for the latest spyware or viruses. Additionally, anyone who has sensitive information on a device may want to ensure the information is permanently removed from the device. Conversely, if you have accidentally deleted information from your device, the lab may be able to recover the deleted information!

Yes, all services are legal and done in accordance with the latest court standards.

Yes, but the client must receive written consent from the owner of the smartphone or mobile device.

Oftentimes, lawyers want to utilize this service when coming to the aid of a client or to defend clients who have been falsely accused. The service has been used to pull data off a smartphone to prove the location of a client, or to recover deleted text messages to validate a client's statements.


The assistance of the Roberts Wesleyan Justice and Security Institute has been invaluable. The institute has provided training, facilitated training, help develop curriculum, and been there for me anytime I needed assistance. The JSI has assisted me with training my officers in Fair and Impartial Policing, Ethics, and Threat Assessment. This training was absolutely vital to my police department. The JSI is without question a very valuable community resource and I am very grateful to have it in our community. - Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan

Roberts Wesleyan University has provided the Fairport Police in the past with incredible perspective and valued training on the principles of threat assessment that has parlayed into a highly functioning behavioral intervention team in our community.  Absent the commitment, knowledge, expertise and effective instruction, our ability to have a functioning threat assessment team would not have been realized.  We are fortunate to have this invaluable academic resource in our community to ensure our community’s security and safety. - Samuel A. Farina, Jr. - Fairport Village Police Chief

The Canandaigua City School District is very pleased with the training it received on Threat Assessment and Management.  The District’s Behavior Intervention Team that was formed after the training is a significant step forward in ensuring the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

The threat assessment training provided our school system a framework to support the district's learning environment. This training provided the necessary background, relevant case studies, and protocols to follow should a situation arise.  Our district (Spencerport School District) is in a much better position to respond accordingly based on this training and would recommend any school district to consider it for their organization.

The threat assessment training and implementation of our Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) came at a time when we needed to update our process and procedures. Our BIT team is in full implementation and proving to be very valuable. - Deb Miles, Fairport Schools

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