SEARCH Kicks-off New Wireless Class


Todd Shipley, Director of Training Services; Ron Laney, OJJDP; and Ron Hawley, SEARCH Executive Director observe the first day of wireless class.

Course participants are instructed in the use of directional antennae for locating wireless access points.

Attendee in training for handicapped services.
The SEARCH High Tech Training program beta class for a new 3-day course that submerges investigators into the world of wired and wireless local area networks (LANs) and wireless devices was held on March 29-31 at SEARCH headquarters in Sacramento. The course focuses on the SOHO (Small Office Home Office) environment where networks are now frequently encountered during the execution of search warrants.

Investigators will learn the core concepts of basic LAN technologies, wired and wireless, and how to apply that information to locate and recover evidence that may be distributed throughout a network. Participants will also be trained in methods for detecting wireless devices that may be covertly located in order to avoid detection by law enforcement-including wireless cameras and network-attached storage. Pre-raid intelligence gathering related to wireless networks, methods for collecting and preserving volatile information stored on network equipment, and the seizure of equipment attached to the network is also a part of the training curriculum.

"By the end of this course investigators will be able to conduct an onsite cost/risk analysis in order to determine the best course of action for locating, collecting, and preserving the information needed for their case," said Todd Colvin, SEARCH Computer Training Specialist.

"This class was developed with funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Program," said Todd Shipley, Director of Training Services. "We plan to make this course available to law enforcement nationwide in the future."

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