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Online Investigations: Tools, Tips & Techniques

by SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services

May 12 - 14, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuition:  Free
Heartland Community College
1500 W. Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
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This course is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Training Mandates

This course meets state guidelines for the following mandated subject areas:

  • Law Update  (annual)
  • Lead Homicide Recertification  (24 hrs. credit)


Investigators know how important it is to search, locate, save, and replicate online information relating to all areas of criminal activity.  Because web pages and content can quickly appear and vanish, investigators need to continuously document their findings.  This course will provide attendees with the latest tools, tips, and techniques that will keep their investigations moving forward.  The course will start by teaching attendees the steps to take to ensure they don’t tip off the suspect by leaving a digital footprint during an investigation.  Attendees will also learn advanced Google searching tips and how to use those skills within specific social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  This course will show investigators how to use the Internet to locate information, find linkages between people, and use social networking sites for law enforcement purposes.

This project is supported by funds from the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program, CFDA #97.067.


  • Advanced Google searching
  • Using Firefox for investigations
  • Firefox add-ons and the SEARCH Investigative Toolbar
  • The variations and history of social networking
  • Using portable applications for investigations
  • Facebook profile creation and searching
  • Digital officer safety
  • Social networking page capture and legal process
  • Creating social networking profiles
  • Using Twitter, Instagram, and BlueStacks for investigations

Lead Instructor

Justin Fitzsimmons, Director
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Please register for this course by April 21.