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Cell Phone Investigation Techniques
Tuesday, July 28 - Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Registration 0800 Class Starts 0830 - 1700
Location: ATF Atlanta Field Division
Directions: 2635 Century Parkway Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30345

Cost: Free
Law Enforcement & Military Personnel Only

Questions? - Email info@nctccounterdrug.org

Registration for this training DOES NOT confirm your enrollment in the course. 
 NCTC makes its student selections 45-60 days before the start of the course,
at which time you will receive an email if your registration is accepted
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Course Description:

It has become increasingly difficult for law enforcement to successfully exploit cell phones due to the evolution of smartphone technology. Criminals' heavy reliance on cell phones makes it crucial for police officers to learn common cell phone terminology and understand the data they receive from cell phone companies. Historical cell-site data and specialized location records have been utilized in hundreds of investigations to successfully track a criminal or put them near a crime scene. Information will be presented during this block of instructions on the benefits of using these records, the limitations of the records, and the best software to map the records.

Smartphone Applications (APPS) have become the preferred method of communication for criminals. Although the content of many APPS is encrypted, there are digital imprints left behind on the actual device. Information will be presented on various APPS, as well as the types of data that can be obtained from the APP providers. Wiretap investigations can produce very powerful and overwhelming evidence of guilt; The course will provide students with the fundamental aspects of developing wiretap investigations, uses and analyzing of pen registers. The final blocks of instruction will involve the use of cell phone geo fences around a crime scene and Wi-Fi router interrogation. These advanced techniques have proven extremely useful in hundreds of investigations. This two-day training course will provide officers with a comprehensive approach to exploiting cellular telephones.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
  1. Cell Phone Search Warrants & Court Orders
  2. Interpretation of Call Records
  3. Preservation of Evidence During Active Investigation
  4. SMS Messaging vs. Instant Messaging
  5. Collecting Stored Data
  6. Exploiting Cell Phone Apps
  7. Cell Phone Company Resources
  8. Obtaining Specialized Location Records
  9. Cell Tower Data
  10. GPS & WIFI Tracking
  11. "Dropped Phones"
  12. Pen Registers & Wire Taps Overview
  13. Legal Considerations
  14. Courtroom Testimony

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 2 days/ 16 hours 

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement


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