Assistant Professional Specialist
Cyber Crimes Director
Mitch Kajzer is an Assistant Professional Specialist in CDT and is employed full time by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney in St. Joseph County as Director of the Cyber Crimes Unit. Kajzer holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Indiana University, and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Kajzer has been in law enforcement since 1989.
Kajzer has been investigating cybercrimes since 2003. He currently holds a number of computer industry technology certifications, including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Professional with Internet Expertise (MCP+I), A+ Certified Computer Technician, Certified Internet Webmaster – Professional (CIW-P), Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), and Magnet Certified Forensics Examiner (MCFE). Moreover, Kajzer has investigated over 2000 technology-related cases and has conducted over 2500 digital examinations, resulting in hundreds of arrests and convictions. Kajzer has been recognized as a digital forensics expert in State and Federal courts.
Kajzer has been a police instructor since 1992 and has been teaching at Notre Dame since 2014. During that time, he has instructed thousands of police officers and college students on a number of topics, including critical incidents, digital forensics, internet investigations, mobile investigations, and undercover investigations.
In his capacity as Director of the Cyber Crimes Unit, Kajzer is also the coordinator and supervisor of the Cyber Crimes / Notre Dame Intern Program. In this program, students work out of the Cyber Crimes Unit where they are trained in digital forensics and investigations and have the opportunity to conduct technology investigations and digital forensics on local cases.
Kajzer’s research interests are in how people interact with and are influenced by technology. Specifically, he is interested in how behaviors and the decision making processes change when using technology. A significant portion of his research is related to Internet sexual predators and how they use the Internet to victimize children. Some of this research includes developing predictive models of sexual offending based on statistical analysis of chat transcripts and text messages.