SEARCH Releases Three New High-Tech Crimes Publications

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In response to a need in the law enforcement community to keep current with criminals who use the latest technology to commit crimes, SEARCH’s Training Services division is offering three new publications. These provide investigators an understanding of the latest methods for collecting evidence from computers, the basic tools required for cellular telephone investigations, and how to obtain evidence when the Xbox 360 gaming device has been used as a tool for criminal purposes.

Collecting Evidence from a Running Computer: A Technical and Legal Primer for the Justice Community, coauthored by Todd Shipley, SEARCH Director of Systems Security and High Tech Crime Prevention Training, and Mr. Henry R. Reeve, General Counsel and Deputy District Attorney, Denver, Colorado.

Creating a Cell Phone Investigation Toolkit: Basic Hardware and Software Specifications, by SEARCH Computer Training Specialists Chris Sanft and Keith Daniels. This publication was created in conjunction with a new course offered by SEARCH, “Core Skills for the Investigator of Cell Phones.” Check the SEARCH High Tech Crime web site for course eligibility details, course calendar, and fees.

Investigating the Microsoft Xbox 360, by SEARCH Computer Training Specialists Earl Door and Steve Bolt, and Training Services Director Todd Shipley. This document is available on CD-ROM only, and is "law enforcement sensitive," meaning it will be disseminated outside of SEARCH only to law enforcement investigators. It can be requested through a link on the SEARCH web site that lists all the high-tech crime publications SEARCH has released over the years.

One of the primary missions of SEARCH is to provide High Technology Crime Investigation training to law enforcement officers nationwide. SEARCH trains state and local law enforcement investigators and prosecutors, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces nationwide, as well as federal investigators from the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, FBI, and U.S. Postal Service Inspection. SEARCH courses are provided free of charge nationally through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.