SEARCH High-Tech Crime Trainers Offer Investigative Workshops at National Child Victims Conference

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The Dallas Children's Advocacy Center presented SEARCH with this award, in appreciation of our support at the 2012 Crimes Against Children Conference August 13-16 in Dallas, Texas.
Each year, the national Crimes Against Children Conference convenes in Dallas, Texas, to provide professional instruction, information and strategies needed to protect child victims and prosecute their offenders.

As in past years, the SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team will offer specialized computer labs to 2012 conference attendees, who include law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children's advocacy, therapy, and medical professionals.

The event, set for August 13-16, is presented by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and Dallas Police Department.

"Offering specialized workshops at events like this one is an important service to provide," said High-Tech Crime Training Services Director Tim Lott. "We take our mobile computer labs and provide free hands-on training, assistance, and guidance directly to the professionals who need the latest tools and techniques.

"We focus on educating them about critical, timely digital crime investigative topics. They could not easily obtain this sort of targeted assistance without taking time out of their busy schedules."

SEARCH's participation in the Crimes Against Children Conference is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

This month, SEARCH staff is also providing outreach and education efforts at two other national events (see sidebar). These events, targeted at university police and probation/parole investigators, allow SEARCH to help underserved segments of law enforcement.

"These are areas of law enforcement where we feel it is important to provide information on our training and assistance program because the need for skills to capture digital evidence is no longer required only by electronic crime investigators," said Mr. Lott. "Technology is so pervasive in our everyday lives that it impacts what we consider 'traditional' cases as much as cases that are only technology-related."

In addition to providing assistance directly to conference attendees that is specific to their investigative needs, SEARCH is offering the following computer labs in Dallas:

  • Become a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload, which will teach the effective use of Google to filter search results to relevant and useable information.
  • Field Triage (Part 1 and 2), which will teach how to look for and collect "volatile" evidence present in the RAM of a running computer at a digital crime scene.
  • Firefox Add-ons: Free Resources to Enhance Your Investigations, which teaches the effective use of Mozilla Firefox add-ons as investigative tools.
  • Introduction to Cell Phone Investigations and Field Tools (Part 1 and 2), which introduces trainees to cellular devices and their importance in investigations, including how to seize and examine these for evidence.
  • Introduction to mIRC Investigations, which teaches the basics of Internet Relay Chat, focusing on software that can be used to capture potential evidence.
  • Introduction to Social Networking Website Investigations (Part 1 and 2), which teaches techniques for searching and capturing social networking profiles for evidence, mapping tools for friend networks, and other elements of these investigations.
  • Introduction to Wireless Network Investigations (Part 1 and 2), which teaches how to gather pre-search warrant evidence and network evidence at the scene. Attendees learn how to set up wireless routers and collect evidence.
  • Investigative USB Apps, which teaches how to download, install, and use portable applications as investigative tools.
  • Using Virtual Machines in an Investigative Capacity (Parts 1 and 2), which introduces the concept of the virtual computer environment for testing, research and undercover investigations.