The Facebook Guide For Investigators


If you are looking for the Facebook Advanced Search course please click here.


Facebook continues to be the largest social media site with over 1.8 billion users worldwide (2016). 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.



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.


Time length

The student has 3 weeks to complete the course. However, depending on the skill set of the student this course can be completed in as little as one day or no more than one week.


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 and Facebook
    • A detailed look at the Facebook settings
    • Finding your subjects on Facebook
    • Facebook Graph Search
    • The “other” Facebook Graph search and RSS
    • How to save Facebook searches
    • Facebook, hashtags and Hootsuite
    • Facebook myths and legal stuff


What the course does not cover

    • Computer forensics
    • Seizing electronic devices
    • Child pornography: Investigating child pornography without the knowledge and consent of your organization could result in your arrest for the possession of child pornography and or child luring.


Evaluation Methodology

    • After each section there may be either 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.



Upon successfully completing the course the student will receive a Justice Institute of BC Letter of Completion.

How To Register For This Course

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

Registration is now done directly through the JIBC. Simply fill in the online Registration Form, and click the Submit button.

No personal information is stored on this site.

For more information about these courses please contact either myself or the JIBC Advanced Police Training program manager, Nancy Jolin.

The cost for this course is $262.50 CDN (includes 5% GST)


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)



The course is designed in such a way that it is easier to learn the topics and makes you feel more comfortable with the various tools available.

TJ, Municipal PD


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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