We get that a lot of people don’t get excited about note-taking, but for us, it has become a passion and a fundamental part of our daily lives.
Hopefully our story will inspire you to look deeper into your documentation strategies, whether it’s for your business, organization, or personal life.
The story of Forensic Notes is born out of the frustration of trying to keep great notes in a field were note-taking is essential – Digital Forensics.
Ironically, in a field of high-technology, we were initially taking hand-written notes.
We quickly found ourselves frustrated, however, with trying to keep track of (or misplacing) notes for multiple ongoing investigations.
Not only was it hard to keep track of our notes, trying to read our own writing or recording long strings of digital data by hand was both tedious and tiresome.
It didn’t take us long to make the switch to using electronic notes using popular word processing and spreadsheet applications.
We immediately enjoyed the convenience of being able to read our own writing, spell-checking, searching key-terms, and being able to copy & paste data and images directly into our notes.
However, we started to get a nagging feeling that something was wrong with our method.
We had been trained in the strict rules of note-keeping when it came to pen & paper, which are focused on ensuring contemporaneous notes cannot be created or altered after the fact. But to our surprise, there were no real rules or Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for keeping digital notes.
And because we were working in the field of digital forensics, we realized how easy it would be to alter these key electronic documents with no easy or reliable method to identify or track such changes.
Then we started to get worried.
If our electronic notes were not accepted in court, then obviously all our hard work was for nothing.
After searching for an acceptable solution and finding none, we asked…
What if we could build an electronic note-taking application that followed and mimicked the strict rules of the pen and paper?
And this was the birth of Forensic Notes.
Our initial goal was simple, replicate the benefits of a physical notebook while allowing access to the technological conveniences available in a digital format.
We already achieved our initial goal and many more.
But our story is far from over!
We are still making notes, and looking for ways to make the process easier, faster, and more accessible for the various ways other people want to make their notes.
And that’s Forensics Notes in a nutshell.
Want to know more about the product and the people who make up the Forensic Notes Team?
Meet the Team
Founder & CEO
Robert Merriott has been a municipal police officer for over 12 years working as a frontline police officer, tactical operator, and most recently as a detective in the Technological Crime Unit specializing in Digital Forensics and Cybercrime.
Prior to his policing career, Robert obtained a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and worked in the private sector as a web application developer. While working as a developer, Robert was awarded Microsoft MVP status and was a founding board member of the ASPInsiders, an organization that worked closely with Microsoft to provide expert feedback on the development of the ASP.NET web application framework.
As a result of his policing and private sector work experience, Robert understands the threats and liabilities faced by organizations with an online presence as well as the challenges faced by police agencies in investigating and preventing crimes.
Manager of Training
Mike Post has a degree in Behavioral Science and began his career working in education overseas.
After returning home, Mike moved his skills into Law Enforcement where he worked as a frontline police officer, an Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) investigator, and then as a Digital Forensic Examiner.
Mike has earned several certifications including CompTIA’s Network+.
Manager of Customer Success
John Pyper has a degree in Applied Science and worked as an Engineer for 9 years before moving his skills to Law Enforcement in 2001. As a police officer, John has worked over 10 years as a detective in the fields of Digital Forensics and Cybercrime.
John has worked on hundreds of investigations and examined over a thousand exhibits. John has presented evidence at various levels of the justice system including Supreme Court where he has been qualified as an expert in the field of digital forensics.
Customer Success Representative
Kimberly Owen is a caring professional dedicated to helping Forensic Notes clients succeed.
Prior to joining Forensic Notes, Kimberly worked within the airline industry as an inflight manager travelling around the globe. Recently, she took time off to start a family which has resulted in four wonderful children.
Kimberly excels in 1-on-1 interactions with clients due to her sincerity and sarcastic demeanor.