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Chasing Phones

August 14, 2019

Chasing Phones
Traditional phone investigative techniques and tools do not work as well as they used to. Locked devices stop most forensic tools from working. Court orders and subpoenas are no longer valid tools for criminal investigations. Companies are not storing text message content. But at the same time the amount of information available on a mobile device has increased. This class will explore the methods of exploiting a suspect’s cellular phone, phone company records, and third-party data sources records to assist investigations involving narcotics trafficking, homicide, sex crimes, gang related crimes, identity theft, and other types of criminal activity. This class will increase law enforcement officers’ awareness and appreciation of the evidence and intelligence located in a mobile device and provides students with the tools ad training to prepare search warrants to legally obtain that evidence. Each student will receive templates for search warrants for cellular phones, call detail records and other information, can contact information for cellular service providers. Topics include:

  • Obtaining information from social media, communications, and gaming applications
  • GPS location records for Android and Apple devices
  • How to deal with slow responses from cellular, social media, and online providers
  • Where and how to recover deleted data from smart phones
  • Locating stolen cell phones and investigating fencing operations
  • Determining a suspect’s new number when he dropped his old phone number

When: August 14th, 2019
Where: Utilities Field Operations (UFO) Building | 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Instructor: Aaron Edens is an Intelligence Analyst with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Gang Intelligence Unit. He is a former Police Officer from the Hayward Police Department where he had been assigned to the Intelligence Unit. Mr. Edens was previously assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force-International Terrorism/Middle Eastern Organized Crime Squad and multiple OCDETF cases. He has been a certified Forensic Examiner for Cellular Devices since 2005 and has completed thousands of investigations involving mobile devices.

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August 14, 2019


Utilities Field Operations (UFO) Building
35 Stony Point Road
Santa Rosa, 95401 United States
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