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Cellular Phone Forensics/Investigations

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California Criminalistics Institute / Rancho Cordova, various
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This 40-hour course is designed to provide law enforcement personnel with foundational skills for forensic examination of cellular phones used as instruments of crime or when cellular phones contain records of criminal activity. These records can include phone book entries, call history, text messages, calendar entries, images, and videos.
Classes will include:
Basic understanding of cellular phones and cellular networks;
Description of a variety of tools (both hardware and software) available for extracting data from cellular phones;
Demonstrations of how different cellular phone forensic tools work;
Laws related to seizure and examination of cellular phones;
Hands on exercises for extracting data from cellular phones, SIM cards and flash media cards using a variety of different tools;
Basic understanding of SIM cards,
Techniques for isolating cellular phones from cellular networks

Teaching Methods: 
Lecture, hands-on activities.
Upon completion of this course, students will have the ability to examine cellular phones and investigate crimes committed using cellular phones, as well as seize cellular phones used in criminal activity.
Students must have a working knowledge of computer operating systems and simple operations (word processing, spreadsheets, copy files, etc.) before enrolling in this class. No class time will be devoted to developing these skills in the students.
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.

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No classes are scheduled at this time.

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