PSC/ICAC National Conference Draws Big Crowd

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More than 1,400 investigators attended the Project Safe Childhood (PSC) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) National Conference on September 23-26, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio, the largest attendance for the conference to date. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, the conference offered workshops and lectures on the latest knowledge and tools necessary to combat online child exploitation.

SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services staff participated by providing specialized investigative training to federal, state and local law enforcement investigators, forensic experts and prosecutors during 12 three-hour lab sessions on the following topic areas:

  • investigative tools for wireless networks
  • Knoppix as a previewing tool
  • using Internet relay chat as an undercover tool
  • how to capture volatile data from running computers
  • cellular device data recovery, and
  • using Google, Firefox and MySpace for investigations.

"SEARCH training staff did an outstanding job last week. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive both during the conference and follow ups," said Rich Harris, Director of High-Tech Crime Training Services for SEARCH. "It's no easy task to facilitate that many workshops in such short order, especially given the diversity of the target audience. Most importantly, we were pleased to be invited to be part of the PSC and ICAC conference as part of our mission to provide investigators with the most current training and information available."

SEARCH offers a range of high-tech crime investigative training courses, provided to agencies and investigators at all levels nationwide.

Feedback from attendees:

"Thanks [SEARCH staff] for the lab session last week Friday morning. By far the best one I went to all week."

"I so enjoyed your PowerPoint and instruction. I wish you could have been provided more time. I hope to transfer some of the information to other officers in my state so that they can be more proactive when investigating crimes."

"The class you taught at the PSC course was incredible. Thanks for sharing your knowledge of this subject."