There is a strong emphasis on the technology skills needed to conduct narcotics investigations. Those skills include tracking online communication and using online social networking portals (Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as investigative and analytical tools. Beginner and experienced students will identify information available on various sites and explore the currently overlooked and underused value of integrating that information into criminal investigations and criminal intelligence analysis.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Be familiar with the operation of the largest sites, to include,,, Snapchat,,,,,,,, and, and other avenues such as Dodgeball, Helio, and AirG; Internet Relay Chat, Usenet, and fserve VIDoIP (Video over Internet Protocol); bluesnarfing; and podslurping.
  • Understand how narcotic traffickers use online social networks to interact, conceal their identities, select victims, and conduct illegal drug activities.
  • Know what information is available from social networking sites through subpoenas and warrants.
  • Interpret email headers, identify ownership of Web sites, and locate Internet service providers.
  • Identify current software tools available to law enforcement to investigate social networks, including tracking software.
  • Develop and maintain undercover social network identities.
  • Identify and safely seize digital storage media, computer storage devices, and mobile com- munication devices (i.e., smart phones).
  • Practice preserving the publicly viewable portions of a suspect’s social networking site in a forensically sound manner.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Military Intelligence.