Today nearly every crime has a digital footprint—meaning computer technology was used in some way to facilitate or commit the crime. In addition, the anonymity and ease of use that the Internet offers helps fuel criminality and exploitation. New cases of harassment, credit card fraud, and identity theft facilitated via computer technology arise daily. Clearly, strong computer skills are an important part of any investigator’s toolkit.
Computer technology now encompasses mobile devices, tablets, laptops, desktops, and more. As an investigator, you need a working knowledge of this technology, its application to criminal activities, and the issues associated with investigating these cases.
Our core skills course introduces you to computer hardware components, shows you how to use the Internet to your advantage, teaches you search and seizure techniques, and promotes digital officer safety. Once you master these skills you’ll be ready to learn how to investigate peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and see how they are used to share child pornography.
SEARCH also offers other resources, such as investigative guides and assistance related to computer crime investigations—whether it’s a question that we can answer via email or phone, or direct assistance in active cases.
SEARCH Investigative Toolbar
High-Tech Crime Publications
Co-author, Public Domain Drug Court Software: Functions and Utility
Author, Supporting the Drug Court Process: What You Need to Know for Effective Decisionmaking and Program Evaluation
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on Identity Theft Victimization and Criminal Record Repository Operations
Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on the Criminal Record Backgrounding of America
Co-author: Complete Criminal Histories—A Key Measure of Integration Success
Co-author, DNA Forensics: Expanding Uses and Information Sharing
Co-author, Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State and Local Information Sharing Initiatives
Co-author, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Organizer/Moderator: National conference, “Beyond the Technology: The Law & Policy Implications of Biometric Use,” 2002
Organizer/Moderator: national Criminal History Operations Workshop, 2004, 2006
Organizer/Moderator: Workshop on Expanding Access to Criminal History Information and Improving Criminal Record Backgrounding, 2007
Organizer/Moderator: National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act Conference, 2009
Presenter, National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, 2010–2014
Presenter, FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board, 2012–2014
FBI CJIS Identification Services Coordinating Group Criminal Justice Rap Back Committee
National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council Rap Back Task Force
FBI CJIS Division Disposition Reporting Task Force
FBI CMIS Advisory Policy Board Warrants Task Force
Joint Task Force on the Design and Utilization of an Interstate Criminal History Record
FBI work Group on the Implementation of the Brady Law
FBI National Fingerprint File Pilot Project Evaluation Group
National Focus Group on the Retention of Civil Fingerprints by Criminal Record Repositories
National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience
National Task Force on Increasing the Utility of the Criminal History Record
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative: Privacy and Information Quality Working Group, and Privacy and Technology Focus Group