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After 25 Years, Erie's Chief County Detective To Retire

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After more than two decades in law enforcement, Erie County's Chief Detective is retiring.

From drunk drivers to child predators, to murderers; Chief Erie County Detective Larry Dombrowski played a key role in thousands of cases throughout his career.

Dombrowski was hired to start Erie county's sobriety checkpoint program.
It was the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, and later become a state program throughout Pennsylvania.
His resume includes lots of pro-active approaches.
Including work on the DA Drug Task Force in the early 90's.

Erie's DA office was the one of the first departments in the country to have a computer forensics unit, in which Dombrowski was the point person.
Over the years, he's been crucial in evidence recovery from computers and other electronics.
He helped create the DA's website, www.eriealert.com and Twitter account Eriealerts.

And to think the program launched in 1988, with the death penalty case of suspect David Copenhefer.
Dombrowski was part of a law enforcement team that was able to retrieve 80% of Copenhefer's murder plot that had been deleted from the computer.

"That was the first known murder planned on a computer, in the world," said Dombrowski. "That Copenhefer case has made digital evidence what it is today as far as a level of importance to all law enforcement all the way around the world," Dombrowski added.

Dombrowski's last day with the district attorneys office is this Friday.

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