Tradecraft Classes

Social Media Investigations (2 day class instructed by Tim Gooler)

In today’s ever changing digital world, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are utilized by a statistical majority of U.S. teenagers and young adults 29 and younger.

Social media is becoming frequently utilized for narcotics sales and trafficking, firearms sales, gang recruitment, and to prey on minors by predators looking to exploit them, or sell them dangerous narcotics such as Fentanyl. Encrypted communication applications such as Telegram and Signal are increasingly popular with individuals using social media for criminal activity. Social media evidence is useful in many types of investigations, from patrol level cases to complex investigations of sexual assaults or homicides, but it’s not always easy for investigators to identify suspect accounts, obtain legal process, interpret / analyze the data, use it to further an investigation, and ultimately testify to it.

This course is intended for law enforcement officers with an interest or a need for experience and training in social media investigations. This course is relevant to street crimes team members, and investigators / detectives working in assignments related to narcotics, firearms, gangs, sex crimes, property crime, robbery and homicide.

This course is not just an open-source online investigations course like many other social media courses for law enforcement. This course will focus on current trends, writing legal process to social media platforms, analyzing data obtained from legal process, using that data to build investigations, report writing and testifying on social media evidence. The class will include discussions on case law, undercover accounts, policies and procedures, and more. Students completing this two day workshop will leave more than prepared to work more complicated social media investigations, and utilize social media to investigate and solve cases.

This course is being offered as a 2 day virtual course and workshop. Although this course is virtual, it will be interactive. Students will engage with the instructor through interactive lecture, polls, question and answer sessions, case studies, live demonstrations of social media investigations, and more.

The following subject matter will be covered:

  • Current Trends related to Narcotics & Firearms Trafficking on Social Media
  • Software available for social media investigations
  • Snapchat Investigations (Appx 5 Hours)
  •  Facebook & Instagram Investigations – Meta Platforms (Appx 5 Hours)
  • Other Social Media Applications of Significance
  • P2P Applications – 21st Century Money Laundering
  • Undercover / Investigative Social Media Accounts
  • Case Studies of Successful Social Media Investigations

This event is offered on the following dates

Social Media Investigations
Thursday, April 25, 2024 - Friday, April 26, 2024, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Virtual Training
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