The Facebook Guide For Investigators

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Description

Facebook continues to be the largest social media site with over 2 billion users worldwide (2019). However, many investigators are either reluctant to use, or fail to fully exploit Facebook and it’s phenomenal search engine. This is due to:

    • A fear of social media in general and Facebook in particular
    • They have never been taught how to properly exploit Facebook
    • They rely on the office “geek” to find the information for them (who often misses a lot of the available information)

By learning to properly use Facebook and all of it’s features an investigator can gather information on:

    • Their suspect (and possibly locate other suspects)
    • Their witness (and possibly locate other witnesses)
    • Their victim (and possibly locate other victims)
    • The crime itself (video and images)
    • Monitor events

This training is designed to be as realistic as possible and will simulate, through actual scenarios, what an investigator is likely to encounter – no matter what section they work in.

 

Who should take this course?

This course is specifically designed for investigators who need a thorough understanding of Facebook and how to exploit its search features.

This training can be used by anyone in any investigative capacity; from patrol to Homicide to Drugs to Intel. As the investigator moves from one section to another this training will continue to be relevant.

 

Prerequisite

The student should be comfortable using the Internet and social media. While this course will teach you about using Facebook as an investigative tool it is not for individuals new to social media. A good prerequisite would be the Internet Lite or Internet for Investigators Level I course.

 

What you will need for this course:

    • A laptop or desktop running either the Windows or MAC operating system.. These courses are designed for an “off the shelf PC” – the standard, issued piece of equipment found in all government offices. The best forensic tools run on either Windows or Linux operating systems.
    • Be able to have unrestricted access to the Internet
    • The Firefox or Chrome web browser but NOT Internet Explorer
    • We will create a Facebook account during the course

 

Topics Covered

After successfully completing The Facebook Guide For Investigators the student should have a better understanding of:

    • Introduction to Facebook
    • Firefox, Chrome and Facebook
    • Facebook fake accounts and images
    • A detailed look at the Facebook settings
    • Finding your subjects on Facebook
    • Facebook Filter Searching
    • Facebook Pages and Groups
    • How to save Facebook searches
    • Third party Facebook tools and techniques
    • Facebook myths and legal stuff

 

Evaluation Methodology

      • After each section there will either be a short quiz or scenario to reinforce the student’s understanding of the concepts being taught.
      • The final “exam” will be a realistic investigative scenario that the student may encounter and will require you to employ all of the modules covered in order to satisfactorily “solve” the file.

 

How to Register for a Course

All Cyber Training International courses are available exclusively through either the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) Criminal Justice & Security, Police Academy – Advanced Police Training or, Holland College as part of their Advanced Police Academy. Upon the successful completion of any courses offered, students will receive a JIBC Letter of Completion or Certificate of Completion, sent to their home agency.

Registration is now done directly through this site and or either institution. Simply fill in the online Registration Form, and click the Submit button.

 

What You Will Need For This Course:

    • A laptop or desktop running either the Windows or MAC operating system. These courses are designed for an “off the shelf PC” – the standard, issued piece of equipment found in all government offices.
    • The Firefox or Chrome web browser NOT Internet Explorer (IE). IE has a tendency to be “buggy.”

    • Be able to install programs (computer Admin access)

    • A Facebook account – you can create one during the course

    • A Twitter account – you can create one during the course

    • A Hootsuite account – you can create one during the course

 

Contact Information

Justice Institute of BC
For more information about these courses please contact either myself or the JIBC Advanced Police Training program at: Advanced Police Training.

 
Holland College
For more information about these courses please contact either myself or call the college directly at 902-888-6700.
 

Please note, these courses are only offered to Law Enforcement, Government Investigators and Licensed Private Investigators

Credentials WILL be verified before granting access to the course(s)

 

JIBC / Instructor Expectations

Taking an online course will be considered the same as attending a JIBC classroom.

Students are expected to:

    • Complete each course section
    • Complete each course quiz
    • Complete the final exam / quiz
    • Complete the course on the designated end date specified by the instructor
    • Advise the instructor of any issues that might prevent the student from completing the course by the specified end date

Each student will be provided with:

    • A specified course end date
    • A mid point “friendly reminder”
    • A final week “friendly reminder”
    • Full access to the instructor between the hours of 0800 – 2200 PST. (Full access means that the instructor will return all emailed questions, concerns or comments within 30 minutes of receiving the students email).

Any student who fails to complete the course by the specified end date will:

    • Not receive a JIBC Letter of Completion
    • Not pass the course
    • Not be issued a refund for the course



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