Social Networking

Course Description

This two-day course is designed for uniformed police officers, detectives, criminal analysts, probation officers, and parole officers. 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 (MySpace, 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 underutilized value of integrating that information into criminal investigations and criminal intelligence analysis.

Course Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the operation of the largest sites, to include:,,,,,,,,, and other avenues such as Dodgeball, Helio, AirG, Internet Relay Chat, Usenet, and fserve VIDoIP (Video over Internet Protocol), bluesnarfing and podslurping.
  2. Understand how criminals use online social networks to interact, conceal their identities and select victims.
  3. Know what information is available from social networking sites through subpoenas and warrants and how to effect the service.
  4. Have the skills to interpret e-mail headers, identify ownership of web sites, and locate internet service providers.
  5. Identify current software tools available to law enforcement to investigate social networks, including tracking software.
  6. Be able to develop and maintain undercover social network identities.
  7. Be able to identify and safely seize digital storage media, computer storage devices, and mobile communication devices (e.g., smart phones).
  8. Practice preserving the publicly viewable portions of a suspect's social networking site in a forensically sound manner.


Course Length

2 days (16 hours)

Who May Attend This Course

Law Enforcement/Code Enforcement