Podcasts and Webinars

podcastsTake your learning on the road, or stay off the road and learn at your desk! Either way, podcasts and webinar recordings are a convenient way to hear about something new. We have a few here that we think will inform and inspire you.

New! Check out our new Law and Policy section below. We’re adding new webinars in 2017 focused on criminal history record auditing!

High-Tech Crime Investigations

Mobile devices—in this instance, cell phones—are filled with abundant data that can help in a law enforcement investigation. Investigators need to know what to look for, and then they need to know how to lawfully obtain it. Listen as a certified forensic computer examiner discusses the ins and outs of performing advanced data extractions on cell phones.1

Guest: Detective Wade Higgason, Livonia Police Department, Michigan State Police

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This podcast was recorded prior to the death of TLO founder Hank Asher. While some of the statements made in this podcast may no longer be the case, we still think it is a worthwhile listen for those wanting to hear about how the TLOxp® Online Investigative System works. TLO has since been acquired by TransUnion.1

Guest: Bill Wiltse, Security Director, Law Enforcement Systems, TLO 

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Knowing where to look and how to search is the first step to conducting a successful online investigation. Law enforcement investigators need to know how to choose the best search tools and sites to obtain the best information possible. Listen as we pare down the field to a select few sites—some paid and some free—that will help investigators focus on finding the information they need.1

Guest: Nicole Bocra, President, Infinity Investigative Solutions
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Being able to find relevant information in a timely manner during an investigation is critical. Investigators first need to know the basics of Internet searching and be familiar with the tools they are using. Then they need to know how to ensure their results are relevant and how to validate the information. Listen as we focus on a few select tools that help law enforcement investigators. And then hear why investigators should take advantage of publicly available information on social networking sites.1

Guest: Cynthia Hetherington, President, Hetherington Group
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Knowing what tools are available to capture the digital data collected in an investigation is crucial. A wide variety of tools are available, but investigators must first understand what their organizational and individual needs are. Doing so will help them select products that meet their specifications. Hear about data capture and storage, and learn why developing an organizational policy surrounding digital evidence is the first step every agency should take.1

Guest: Todd Shipley, President & CEO, Vere Software 

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The challenges of investigations exist on many levels and often take a significant toll on the mental health of those involved. This is especially true for investigations that involve child abuse/child pornography and human trafficking. In this podcast, SAIC Anthony Maez talks about how he helped create a groundbreaking mental wellness program in New Mexico that offers professional support to his investigators, and gives them resources that span far beyond traditional coping skills.1

Guest: Anthony Maez, Special Agent in Charge, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office

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P2P networks are a common avenue for sharing and distributing child pornography. Trained law enforcement investigators routinely monitor the P2P networks that are known hotbeds for child pornography. Listen as an investigator with the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force describes the challenges law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges face when bringing these cases to court.1

Guest: Sergeant Steve Anders, Bedford County (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office

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An affidavit for a search warrant is a key tool in a P2P network investigation involving child pornography. In this podcast, former prosecutor Justin Fitzsimmons gives specific examples of the types of things investigators need to include in their affidavit so that they are giving the judge all the information he/she needs to grant the request. He talks about court decisions that have upheld undercover P2P investigations, and shares his views for the future of these types of cases.1

Guest: Justin Fitzsimmons, Program Manager, High-Tech Crime Training Services, SEARCH

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Justice Information Sharing

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), with technical expertise from SEARCH, partnered with the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) to develop and pilot an information exchange with law enforcement through state fusion centers.

ICAOS represents the sole authority for regulating the transfer of adult probationers and parolees across states, including more than 150,000 transfer requests annually.

Using Global standards such as the Global Reference Architecture (GRA) and National Information Exchange Model (NIEM), APPA and SEARCH helped implement a pilot exchange involving the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), that state’s fusion center.  As part of this pilot, since September 2013, NYSIC has received more than 200 notifications—on average, 10 per week—of potentially dangerous or high-risk probationers/parolees entering the State of New York.  In turn, NYSIC disseminates these notifications to local police departments throughout the state to improve officer safety and promote collaboration between police, probation, and parole agencies.

In this podcast, SEARCH and APPA staff discuss details of the pilot information exchange. ICAOS, APPA, and SEARCH are expanding the exchange to other states and state fusion centers across the country.

Participants: Yogesh Chawla, Information Sharing Specialist, SEARCH; Adam Matz, Research Associate, APPA; Leonard Sipes, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA), District of Columbia (interviewer).

Length: 30:16

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Operational since March 2008, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System was developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and is an investigative tool to exchange criminal justice information across disparate local, state, tribal, and federal justice systems.

This two-part podcast was created in 2009, when N-DEx was in its infancy. Since that time, some of our nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies have begun submitting data to the system. Undoubtedly much of that data has helped solve crime and reduced victimization. For agencies that are still not participating in N-DEx for whatever reason, this podcast still holds value. Listen as these top cops share their take on how they got their jurisdictions into N-DEx and how they wouldn’t have it any other way.2

Guests: Chief Mark A. Marshall, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Pam Scanlon, Executive Director, Automated Regional Justice Information System; Deputy Chief Christopher M. Moore, San Jose (California) Police Department; Captain Scott D. Edson, Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff’s Department 


In 2012 we sat down with some N-DEx outreach liaisons to get an update on the system. They discussed some highlights: Access had been expanded to probation/parole, courts, prosecutors, medical examiners, dispatch centers, and other criminal justice agencies. They also touched on some lowlights: Some agencies were still not participating, mainly due to technical and financial challenges. But they also offered possible solutions to those agencies. If you still need to learn more about N-DEx, it’s worth your while to listen to this podcast.3

Guests: Chris Brown, N-DEx Outreach Liaison, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Supervisory Special Agent Michael Haas, Unit Chief and Program Manager, N-DEx Program Office, FBI CJIS Division; Supervisory Special Agent Jeffrey C. Lindsey, N-DEx Unit Chief (former), FBI CJIS Division 

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Law and Policy

On February 3, 2017, SEARCH hosted the first in a series of webinars resulting from the work of a Focus Group on Auditing Criminal History Information Systems. This webinar specifically addresses arrest and disposition reporting, while future webinars will take a deeper dive into various auditing methodologies and training for contributing agencies.6

Participants: Lorena Bukovich-Notti, Supervisor, Quality Assurance Unit, Alaska Department of Public Safety; Leila McNeill, Operations Officer, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Idaho State Police; Roxann Aselson, Criminal History Auditor, Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Public Safety; Kristina Davis, Disposition Processing Team Supervisor, Washington State Patrol

Length: 1:21:55

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Public Safety and Emergency Communications

The City of Phoenix and nearby jurisdictions in Arizona have been leaders in developing a standards-based, shared radio system for critical communications. Learn about lessons gained in managing an advanced communications system of its lifecycles.4

Guest: Jesse Cooper, Communications and Information Technology Project Manager, City of Phoenix, Arizona

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Are you facing a large, expensive project to upgrade or install a new radio communications system? Learn how the City of Houston, Texas, managed the funding and finance challenges of one of the largest public safety radio projects in the country. Hear how they dealt with funding the project from multiple grant and internal funding sources.4

Guest: Tom Sorley, Deputy Director of Radio Communications Services, City of Houston, Texas 

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State-of-the-art radio communications systems have helped improve the abilities of public safety to respond to emergencies large and small. Learn how the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, and its surrounding partners improved communications interoperability through developing and using a regional communications plan following Hurricane Katrina.4

Guest: Ken Hughes, Regional Communications Planner, City of New Orleans, Louisiana 

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The State of Missouri undertook an extensive project to modernize several of its criminal justice systems used by both state and local agencies. Learn how project planning helped transition from concept to operation.4

Guest: Cliff Gronauer, Chief Information Officer, Missouri State Highway Patrol

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The State of New York received a COPS grant to develop a statewide criminal incident database based on National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) standards and integrated with federal, local, and other state systems. It will ensure that incident information meets state fusion center and FBI N-DEx  program needs.4

Guest: Christine Tyler, Project Director, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

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The City of San Francisco, California, received a COPS technology grant to continue build-out of the Bay Area radio network. Jurisdictions in the region, considered one of the nation’s “Super UASIs” or Urban Area Security Initiative regions, are working cooperatively to expand and link radio systems. The region is considered to be at the forefront in partnering and developing interagency agreements for shared systems.4

Guest: Laura Phillips, Executive Director, Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative, California

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The City of Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads area in Virginia were part of the first regional consortium to develop a 700MHz P25 regional shared radio system which is called ORION, the Overlay Regional Inter Operability Network. Our guest shares how the region developed a Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TICP) and Regional Field Operations Guide (RFOG) as foundational pieces and coordinated user training for the new system.4

Guest: Sgt. Bob Christman, Virginia Beach (Virginia) Police Department and Chairman, ORION Advisory Group

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The Fargo Police Department received a COPS technology grant to deploy a regional computer aided dispatch and records management system. Learn about the steps taken to build this CAD/RMS, which is the first consolidated effort of its kind in the nation. The Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC) works under a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) between North Dakota and Minnesota, and serves all of the law enforcement, fire, and medical response in two counties in these two states.4

Guest: Capt. Tod Dahle, Support Services, Fargo Police Department, North Dakota

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Kitsap County, Washington, is a key participant in a project funded by a COPS technology grant to connect agencies on the western side of Puget Sound to shared data systems. The Bremerton Police Department received the grant in partnership with Kitsap County, other municipal jurisdictions, and two Indian nations. This podcast focuses on steps taken to replace an agency-owned wireless data network with commercial services.4

Guest: Lt. John Sprague, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, Washington 

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Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is a brand name for emerging and developing technologies that comprise the existing 3rd and 4th generation networks for wireless communications of high-speed data. The goal of LTE is to increase the capacity and speed of wireless data networking using cutting-edge hardware and software and techniques that have been developed. The Charlottesville Fire Department is a recognized leader in Virginia and has developed practical applications using broadband technology. The region has conducted several trials with multiple broadband vendors and shares those results in this podcast.5

Guest: Chief Charles Werner, Charlottesville Fire Department, Charlottesville, Virginia 

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The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines a project manager as the person assigned by the performing organization to meet the project objectives. Project Management (PM) is the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements. It’s common to assign someone to the project management task for factors other than PM skills and abilities. This is a landmine waiting to go off. In this podcast, our guests explore the adverse impacts of assigning an accidental project manager and provide best practices for achieving project success in a world where budgets are tight and project success is more critical than ever.5

Guests: Ramona Patts, Support Services Division Administrator, Department of Public Safety, City of Columbus, Ohio; Brad Stoddard, Alternate Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Michigan 

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refers to “standard operating procedures” (SOPs) as formal written guidelines or instructions for emergency management that detail how equipment and resources should be consistently and effectively used. This podcast explores the importance of cooperation and user involvement in developing SOPs to manage and coordinate interoperability resources and how these SOPs support interoperability planning and management. Our guest shares experiences and challenges faced when developing SOPs. He also shares the lessons learned and best practices that can help you successfully develop and adhere to SOPs for use across a range of emergency and planned events at the state, regional, and local levels.5

Guest: Chris Suter, Communications Chief, Contra Costa Fire Protection District, California 

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Establishing and managing the Incident Communications Center, assessing current tactical communications equipment needs, and participating in incident planning needs are just a few of the roles and responsibilities that make the COMU a vital part of any incident. This podcast explores the COMU within ICS and identifies training opportunities for unit-specific positions. Our guest discusses challenges that can impede communications, and shares information on tools and best practices that can help overcome these challenges.5

Guest: Gary Parker, Battalion Chief and Program Manager, Fort Worth Police Department, Texas 

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The DHS Security Office of Emergency Communications refers to system lifecycle planning as the sum of all recurring and one-time nonrecurring costs over the full lifespan or a specified period of a service structure or system. It includes purchase price, installation costs, operating costs, maintenance and upgrade costs, and remaining residual or salvage value at the end of ownership or its useful life. This podcast explores the importance of lifecycle planning as part of project planning for public safety communications projects. Our guest shares experiences and challenges he faced when lifecycle planning did not occur. He also shares lessons learned and best practices that can help you successfully prepare and adhere to lifecycle planning processes.5

Guest: Capt. Paul Wilson, Commander, Information Technology Division, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Arizona and project sponsor, Pima County Wireless Integrated Network (PCWIN)

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1This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #2009-BE-BX-K030 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this work are those of the author/guests/moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

2This project was supported by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

3This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K047 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

4This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement #2007-CK-WX-K002 by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Points of view or opinions expressed in this podcast are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

5This project was supported by Grant Number 2010-PD-124-000001 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications. The views and conclusions expressed in these podcasts are those of guests and moderators, and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

6This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-RU-BX-K001 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics. Points of view or opinions expressed in this webinar are those of guests and moderators, and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.