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Social Media: The Digital Fingerprint

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Social Media Investigations for Investigators & Analysts

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Social media is playing a big role in criminal investigations and trials like in the George Zimmerman case.Zimmerman and his attorneys have raised hundreds of thousands dollars by soliciting donations online. And, Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Zimmerman's defense team will have access to Trayvon Martin's social media records.



* Includes Snap! App license

Agencies wishing to host this course may contact LEOTTA, LLC. at or call us at: 216-503-1113.


Laptop computer with WiFi internet



Social Media Investigations for Investigators and Analysts is a two-day course that provides intense, real-time, and scenario-driven interactive training.  Students will be introduced to modern investigative trends of utilizing several free tools to analyze social media websites in order to gather evidence for presentation in criminal courts.  Social media evidence can assist investigators in the tracking of suspects and fugitives through their social media applications as well as provide clues to how crimes were committed and where contraband can be located.

Students will learn how to trace leads through artifacts included within digital images uploaded to the world wide web and locate the identity of, otherwise, anonymous suspects through internet protocol addresses contained within email headers and instant messaging applications. Emphasis is placed upon the understanding of ethical and legal issues concerning user privacy and how to appropriately secure legal process for furthering criminal investigations and assisting victims of criminal
activity in exigent circumstances.

Students will be instructed in the appropriate documentation of social media investigations as well as preservation of the electronic evidence generated by such investigations. Several hands-on, interactive learning labs are utilized during the course to ensure that students are learning through doing – not just being lectured to. Students will receive specialized instruction in the use of Geofeedia open source analytics software to trace GPS-based social media content transmitted via Twitter, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr and Youtube.  This is very helpful when attempting to
identify threats in specific geographic areas.  Instruction in the use and understanding of LEOTTA's Snap! App will be presented as well as Facebook's new Graph Search utility.  Students will be provided hands-on instruction in mastering the utilities offered by the Snap! App as well as scenario-
based training in the appropriate utilization of Graph Search.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for public safety investigators and public/private sector personnel who support investigative functions that require the skills and abilities to identify, secure, and tender open-source content data to be utilized in criminal and sensitive investigations.


Two (2) days -

14 contact hours:

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.