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Social Media & Open Source Investigation

Class Length: 16 hours
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Register 2/9/20232/10/20230800-1700Denton Public Safety Training Center
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This two-day Social Media & Open Source Investigations course is designed
to teach Law Enforcement Personnel how to legally utilize and exploit Open
Source and Social Media intelligence in their respective roles. Students will
be taught how to conduct covert online investigations while using advanced
searching techniques. Students will be shown relevant and current case
studies to reinforce some of the unconventional investigative techniques
taught in the course. Students will learn the most current case law that
allows them to use these techniques in their investigations. The
investigative techniques taught in this class apply to Patrol Officers,
Detectives, SRO’s, Dispatchers, Crime Analysts, etc.
Legal issues regarding Social Media & Open Source Investigations
Anonymizing techniques
Open Source investigations
Social Media investigations
(Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat)
Handling exigent circumstances on Social Media
Execution of legal process to Social Media
How to document your search
How to preserve digital evidence
Exercises for students to demonstrate proficiency
Students will be given a FREE list of investigative resources in the class and
shown numerous free databases/resources during the class.


No prior knowledge of social media is required to attend this class. However, this is a hands-on class so students should feel comfortable navigating the internet before attending. 


Narcotics, Vice, Detectives, Fugitive Officers, Street Crime Units, CID, Patrol Officers, Crime Analysts, etc. (Restricted to law enforcement personnel)





 Laptop or tablet with internet capabilities (allowed to access social media websites)