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Seminar Title:  
Social Media and Cell Phone Investigative Techniques

DATES:  11/29/2021 through 11/30/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Vigo County IN Sheriff's Department - 201 Cherry St, Terre Haute, IN  47807

HOTEL:  Hilton Garden Inn Terre Haute - Terre Haute, IN  812-234-900
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa Maranville is the Founder/CEO of DeVille and Associates, a public safety training agency located in Knoxville, TN, where she has been researching and developing law enforcement education and training content focusing on topics such as human and sex trafficking, and cryptocurrency and the dark web.

Melissa comes with over 25 years’ law enforcement experience in educating, training, development, presenting, and lecturing.

A former law enforcement officer, Melissa is experienced in crime scene investigation and time-since-death, as well as a former criminal justice and criminology college professor. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI’s Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. It is here where Melissa began her career path and passion of becoming an expert on human/sex trafficking and sex crimes working alongside Dr. Bill Bass.

Since then, Melissa has become an avid speaker and trainer for police academies, educating on human and sex trafficking and how to identify trafficking during routine traffic stops and investigations. On several occasions, Melissa was invited to speak and present at the Department of Homeland Security’s training division in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Mass Fatalities and Counter Terrorism; as well as the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, in San Diego, California. In addition, Melissa has completed training at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and The University of North Carolina.

During Melissa’s college professor days, she researched, developed and taught many courses in criminal justice, criminology, victimology, mass fatalities, terrorism, and organized crime. It was during this time that Melissa developed a passion for understanding the criminal mind focusing on organized crimes that fund terrorism, such as human and sex trafficking. In understanding the Future of the Criminal Mind, Melissa began developing content and training programs in Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web for an INTERPOL training initiative, including webinars with the first of its kind to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Melissa is currently a PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University, where her research and dissertation has focused on sex crimes and sex offenders in relation to recidivism rates looking at the United States’ sex offender registration program and how to educate law enforcement agencies on reducing repeat offending. Melissa also holds a master’s degree in Public Health and Safety from the University of Tennessee focusing on mass fatalities and terrorism.

Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, including Psi Chi National Honorary Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Recognition of research on “Violence Against Women in the South” from Spellman College, Nominated for Distinguished Faculty Member for five consecutive years, and a Letter of Commendation from Knox County Sheriff’s Dept. Knoxville, Tennessee for dedicated work on sex offender cases in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

The criminal mind never sleeps and is constantly advancing with technology. This introductory course will review the use of cyber technology looking at social networking* sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, Google+, Telegram, Omegle, and others in understanding criminal behavior and social networking sites, and cell phone technology*. Within cell phone technology investigative techniques, investigations techniques will range from cell phone apps to cell phone tower tracking protocols. Social networking sites and cell phones have expanded cyber crimes and created new channels for sharing information that could also be utilized by law enforcement to investigate crimes and identify suspects. This course does include child abuse and other illicit activities as case studies and examples. This course does include P2P investigations, proactive chat investigations, search and seizure protocols with courtroom testimony, gaming platforms, and much more.

(*Course will not be taught in necessarily the same order as listed below and in outline) (2-day event)

Upon Completion:

Participants will be able to:

1. Common crimes committed on social networking sites.

     a. The use of "bots."

     b. Artificial intelligence in gathering data.

2. Understand the basic steps for preserving a profile.

    a. Identifying its creator.

    c. Gather profile information.

3. Review social networking artifacts.

    a. Obtain evidence from servers.

4. Capture live digital evidence from computers and networks using opensource internet tools.

5. Perform live router interrogations.

    a. Use router interrogations to find evidence on computers.

    b. Copy RAM contents, Analyze routers at the scene.

6. Search and seizure protocols on digital evidence and courtroom testimony.

7. Understand and define the basic terms related to investigating cyber crimes.

8. Understand and explain IP addresses.

     a. Including dark web and virtual private networks (VPNs)

     b. Capture IP addresses and URL’s

9. Describe the links between social networking sites and the acceleration of crimes.

     a. Telegram, Omegle, Chat investigations, gaming platforms.

10. Understand the role of sextortion and online gaming platforms using social networking sites and cell phones.

11. Employ specific techniques and evolving tactics for successful cyber investigations.

12. Learn how to intercept digital evidence.

     a. Learn the importance of securing metadata when intercepting evidence.

13. Search and seizure protocols.

     a. Seizing both electronic and digital evidence and courtroom testimony.

     b. Current case laws

14. Learn how to intercept digital evidence.

     a. Metadata, cell phone records, tower records, cell phone data.

15. How to conduct peer-to-peer (P2P) investigations.

a. Proactive chat investigations.

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