California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova
This 36-hour course is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with foundation skills for the investigation of computer related crimes. Special circumstances arise and special consideration has to be given when a computer is used as an instrument of crime, when a computer is the target of criminal activity or when a computer contains records of criminal activity.
The course includes:
Using a computer to commit a crime;
Records of criminal activity on computers;
How computers work and store data;
Seizures of computer crime evidence;
Working with a computer forensic specialist;
Writing search warrants for high tech crimes;
Specialized legal problems with electronic data and equipment,
Resources to assist investigations
Lecture, hands-on exercises.
Students will have the knowledge to investigate crimes committed by use of computers and seize computers used in criminal activity.
Students should be law enforcement personnel assigned to high technology crime investigation units, white collar crime units, fraud or forgery units, identity theft units as well as individuals whose primary responsibility is to seize computer evidence/equipment discovered at crime scenes. Students must have a working knowledge of computer operating systems and simple operations (word processing, spreadsheets, copy files, etc.) before enrolling in this class. This class will be directed at individuals already in possession of these skills. No class time will be devoted to developing these skills in the students.
There is no cost to local law enforcement agencies. DOJ and local Crime Laboratory employees who qualify for this class must pay $512 for registration and materials.