Phil DeGia is a retired police officer with nearly 28 years of service. He began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in 1983. Upon returning to Minnesota, he worked as a corporate security agent before joining the Bloomington Police Department in 1988. Phil was appointed to the Investigations Division in 1992 after serving four years with the Patrol Unit. He spent the rest of his career filling various roles in Investigations, most notably as a senior white collar crime investigator and digital forensics examiner, from 1999 until his retirement in 2014. In his capacity as a forensic examiner, Phil had the opportunity to establish and manage the digital forensic lab for the police department until his retirement. He received his professional training from several leading private and public sector organizations in the field of digital forensics, including: Guidance Software (EnCase Forensic), AccessData (FTK), National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS). He has additional training in mobile forensics from BKForensics and Cellebrite, as well as training in forensic video and multimedia analysis from Ocean Systems. In addition, he was a member of the Minnesota chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) and IACIS. Other affiliations include the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC), the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the International Association of Credit Card Investigators (IACCI), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA).
Phil has broad investigative experience that includes managing complex criminal investigations and collaborating with private sector entities and government agencies, conducting solo and team surveillance, managing interviews and interrogations, and drafting and executing search warrants, subpoenas, and electronic tracking orders. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in thousands of investigations. As a forensic analyst, he has comprehensive experience involving hundreds of examinations of systems, devices and media of many kinds for a variety of criminal (and civil) matters. In 2014 he received a Bloomington Police Department Medal of Commendation in recognition of his extensive work as a forensic examiner in support of the police department and Minnesota law enforcement.