Social Media and Online Investigation-Dixon

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024
Ends On: Friday, April 12, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Dixon Police Department
220 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL
Instructor: Det. Jeffrey German
City of Joliet Police Department

Members' Fee: $0
Sworn Non-Members' Fee: $0
Non-Members' Fee: $0

This training meets the following mandates:


Civil Rights:                                                     .50 hours

Constitutional Use of LE Authority            .50 hours

Procedural Justice                                          6 hours

Lead Homicide Inv.                                       16 hours




Law Enforcement Officers, Police Crime Analysts, and Prosecutors will learn the skills needed to conduct internet-based investigations along with obtaining data from Social Media companies with a court order.  Students will be introduced to Open-Source Intelligence Techniques (OSINT) that can be used to obtain evidence and information about offenders without the need for legal orders.  Students will be introduced to Internet Protocol and the Dark Web.  Advanced Google Search Techniques will be discussed along with tips on creating online identities for Online Investigations.  Students will work with a forensic mapping tool to analyze Snapchat geolocation data. 

Students will need a laptop or windows tablet (NO IPAD) with internet capability and Google Earth Pro for Desktop installed on their laptop.  Bring a mouse to use with the laptop. 

Day 1 

8:00 - 9:00          Local Law Enforcement Assistance Centers & Intelligence Companies 

9:00 - 10:00        Browser Add-Ons & social media 

10:00 - 11:00     Snapchat 

11:00 - 12:00     Facebook & Instagram & TikTok 

12:00 - 1:00        Lunch (On your own) 

1:00 - 2:00          Twitter & Redditt 

2:00 - 3:00          Undercover social media accounts & Advanced Google Searching 

3:00 - 4:00          The Dark Web 

Day 2 

8:00 - 9:00          Overview of Forensic Mapping Tools & Google Earth Pro 

9:00 - 12:00        Snapchat Geolocation practical 

12:00 - 1:00        Lunch (On your own) 

1:00 - 1:45          Ride Share Companies & Smart Speakers 

1:45 - 2:30          Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon, etc 

2:30 - 4:00          Online Investigative Websites and Tools 

Upon Completion: 

Participants will have a better understanding of different Social Media companies commonly used and how to identify their target’s Social Media accounts.  Participants will know how to preserve and obtain data that is stored by Social Media companies either through a Court Order or through Open-Source Techniques.  Participants will be knowledgeable in the device location data kept by some Social Media Companies and how this location data can be obtained and forensically mapped.  Participants will know about techniques on how to create anonymous online profiles that can be used to investigate subjects.  Participants will know more about Internet Protocol and how perpetrations can be identified by IP addresses.  Participants will know how to go beyond the normal Google Searches by using Advanced Google Search techniques.  Participants will have knowledge of over 250 free websites that can be used to learn valuable intelligence on any type of investigation. 

Instructor Biography: 

Jeff German is a Detective with the City of Joliet, Illinois Police Department. Detective German has over 20 years’ experience as a Police Officer and over 10 years’ experience as a Detective and an Investigator for the Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force.  Detective German is a subject matter expert in Cellular Record & Geolocation Analysis, Certified Forensic Mobile Examiner, Certified Forensic Video Technician, Certified Vehicle System Forensic Technician & Examiner, Fire Investigator, Lead Homicide Investigator, and Certified Evidence Repair Technician.