Cell Phone Investigation Techniques

Event Info
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

This two-day course will provide students with a comprehensive approach to exploiting cellular devices.  This exploitation can lead to the identification of co-conspirators and help officers secure convictions in cases where only circumstantial evidence exists.  Participants will learn common cell phone terminology and understand the data they receive from cell phone companies.  Many officers are unsure how to read communication detail records (CDRs).  Students will be presented with numerous examples of CDRs and will learn how to interpret every aspect of communication reports.

One of the most difficult aspects of exploiting cellular telephones is the preservation of evidence during an active investigation.  Techniques will be presented for preparing court orders and search warrants that force a cellular telephone company to preserve detailed CDRs, including the content of SMS/MMS messaging during an active investigation.  The collection of data stored in a cellular phone can be challenging and problematic without the proper exploitation equipment.  Numerous types of software and exploitation kits and equipment will be demonstrated during the course.

Wiretap investigations can produce very powerful and overwhelming evidence of guilt; however, failing to follow established protocol in obtaining wiretap orders can lead to evidence suppression and defendants evading prosecution.  This course will familiarize participants with the fundamental aspects of developing wiretap investigations, use and analysis of pen registers, how to draft wiretap affidavits, how to establish necessity, minimization requirements, and administrative roadblocks often encountered.  In ongoing Criminal Enterprises and Drug Trafficking Organizations, multiple cell phones are utilized to prevent law enforcement from monitoring and exploiting a primary phone.  With proper data and investigative tools, new phone numbers can easily be identified.  Instruction will include the most effective ways to overcome “dropped phones.”

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Kevin Koontz: 217-819-4028 / kkoontz@co.champaign.il.us
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Conducted by MTU 12 - IL Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board
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