High-Tech Crimes Trainer Lauren Wagner Achieves Level 3 Advanced Instructor Certification

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Ms. Lauren L. Wagner, a High-Tech Crime Training Specialist for SEARCH, has earned certification as a Level 3 Advanced Instructor from the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

The certification was awarded through the Instructor Development Program offered through California POST's Instructor Development Institute (IDI).

The four-level certification process ensures that trainers have the skills and tools needed to professionally design, develop, and deliver law enforcement instruction—particularly adult, experienced-based learning techniques. The levels build on and enhance the skills learned at the previous level, and range from basic academy and entry-level instructor skills through Master Instructor.

To achieve the Level 3 Advanced certification, Ms. Wagner first achieved certification as a Level 1 (Basic) and Level 2 (Intermediate) instructor. This included—

  • Completing a 40-hour Basic Instructor Certification program
  • Completing a 24-hour Intermediate Instructional Skills course
  • Completing an 8-hour Presentation Skills and Tools course
  • Completing a 24-hour Instructional Technology course
  • Completing an 8-hour Critical Thinking Skills course
  • Validation of classroom competencies, and triennial recertification of learned skills.

Building on her Levels 1 and 2 skills, Ms. Wagner then undertook a 40-hour Advanced Instructor Development Core course with a 16-hour "Teach-back" session during which she was evaluated, completed a 24-hour Leadership, Coaching, and Mentoring Class, and worked 8 hours being mentored by a Master Instructor. The Level 3 instruction focused on developing her skills by requiring her to design, develop, and deliver a module of instruction.

"The process to achieve POST IDI certification as an Advanced Instructor is rigorous," noted Mr. Tim Lott, SEARCH Director of High-Tech Crime Training. "It signifies that Lauren has the experience and qualifications to provide effective training to law enforcement agencies in methods to prevent, detect, and investigate the rising tide of computer crime."

Ms. Wagner, a 6-year SEARCH employee, provides training and technical assistance to agencies in combating computer-based crime. She has authored or coauthored a number of guides for e-crime investigators, the most recent of which include A Law Enforcement Investigator's Guide to Basic Digital Officer Safety and The SEARCH Social Networking Custom Search Engine. She is currently working on guides for conducting investigations of social media sites, such as Facebook.

Visit our Training Courses Overview page to learn more about SEARCH high-tech crime training course offerings, and our High-Tech Crime Publications page for links to e-crime guides and bulletins.