Free Cell Phone Investigation Training

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Hands-on training, “Cell Phone Investigation, Collection and Law,”
offered free of charge through fall 2012

The National Forensic Science Technology Center (NFSTC) and the High Tech Crime Institute (HTCI)—in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention—are teaming to deliver a hands-on course: Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Special Investigative Techniques (SIT) - Cell Phone Investigation, Collection and Law. The course is offered at no cost to ICAC Task Force members and other investigators.

This course provides crucial skills for investigators and first responders responsible for handling cellular and other mobile devices, including effective techniques for properly obtaining, collecting, and storing digital media devices and evidence. Participants learn techniques that will assist in identifying, tracking, and apprehending the predators who use these devices as methods for exploiting their victims.

Specific topics covered in the course include: Understanding cellular networks; understanding the similarities and differences in cell phones, smart phones, and other mobile devices; legal considerations and case law affecting digital media evidence collection and usage; factors to consider before seizing mobile devices; the process for forensic exploitation of mobile devices; considerations when performing cell-phone analysis; technology and research for new phones; hardware and software used for capturing digital evidence; and proper case documentation.

There is no prerequisite for the course; however, participants should have a working knowledge of the Internet and basic computing skills.

The three-day program will be offered multiple times through fall of 2012 at locations across the country. Class sizes will be limited to 18 participants. Applicants must obtain approval from their local ICAC Task Force commander in order to attend. Candidate selection and notification to approved participants will occur shortly after the registration deadline for each course. Preference will be given to ICAC Task Force members from the surrounding area.

For information on upcoming course dates and locations, visit the HTCI page on the ICAC Task Force training portal.

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