This is a unique and eye-opening class for officers and prosecutors who want to learn more on how technology is being used to avoid or detect their narcotics investigations. In almost every major investigation and undercover drug buy, a variety of technologies are incorporated into the investigative process. However, most officers aren’t looking at what technologies their targets may be employing to avoid detection. This class will examine a number of different technologies from Caller ID spoofing to Steganography, but from an investigating officer’s perspective as it relates to their target.

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

  • Define a number of different technology terms and acronyms.
  • List potential methods a target may use to avoid detection using technology.
  • List potential technological methods a target may employ to identify police officers.
  • Identify and use a number of open source search engines.
  • Explain the role of social networking sites and their implication to law enforcement.
  • Identify steps that an officer can take to better protect his information and identity.
  • Identify resources in the law enforcement community that an officer can go to for additional information on investigative technology issues.
  • Discuss the techniques a target can use to gain information about the narcotics officer.
  • Discuss the techniques a target can use to avoid or circumvent an investigation using technology.
  • Describe how Caller ID works and how one can be identified even if blocking is employed.
  • Describe the purpose of privacy settings on social networking sites and its importance to a law enforcement officer.
  • Explain the importance of officers increasing their overall awareness of the types of technology in their environment, especially when serving a warrant.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement Support, Military (Intel only).