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Seminar Title:  
Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web Investigations

DATES:  9/18/2023 through 9/19/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Texas City Police Department - 1004 9th Avenue North, Texas City, TX  77590

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn Express and Suites Texas City - Texas City, TX  409-986-6700
$99 Single/$109 Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio


Melissa is the Founder/CEO of DeVille and Associates, LLC, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. DeVille offers Forensic Consulting and Training to law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals. DeVille consults, develops content, and trains on complex topics such as cryptocurrency, surface/dark webs, bots, AI, social media, cybercrime, predator behavior, OSINT, and linkage analysis. Melissa has partnered with many linkage analysis and OSINT companies offering trainees insight and access.


Melissa began her criminal justice career as a booking and intake officer at Knox County Sheriff’s Department in Knoxville, TN, and a student of Dr. Bass of the“Body Farm,” Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, and since has dedicated her career to researching and developing content for criminal justice education and training for over 30 years. In addition, she provides education and training to social media and gaming moderators investigating cyber predators, CSAM, and violent content for blue chip companies. Lastly, Melissa is also a forensic consultant for human trafficking divisions within law firms.


Melissa's education includes bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN, and a Ph.D. (candidate) Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Her dissertation topic is "A Case Study of Ineffective Legislation: Moral Panic and the Sex Offender Registry." When she concludes her Ph.D., she hopes to influence new sex offender legislation in tracking and tracing registered and non-registered sex offenders.

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 is constantly advancing as technology changes. With the development of the internet, came a new tool for criminals to conduct illegal activity. With the emergence of the dark web and cryptocurrency, criminals gained anonymity of their illegal day-to-day transactions making it more difficult to be detected by law enforcement agencies. Law Enforcement Officers and investigators encounter different people daily during routine traffic stops and investigations, including technologically advanced criminals affording them the opportunity to uncover crimes of anonymity. This course will focus on criminals and the dark web. Diving deep into the internet and anonymity of criminals, this course will assist in learning about the how the dark web and cryptocurrency function, different case studies will be offered to understand and learn about cryptocurrency and dark web criminal activities, and educating law enforcement on ways to detect general dark web activity during general traffic stops and investigations. Upon Completion: Participants will be able to: 1. Gain general education on cryptocurrency and the dark web 2. Understand the technological criminal and their victims 3. Learn about cryptocurrency and technology 4. Learn about the different levels and history of the internet 5. Understand policing and investigations of cryptocurrency and dark web a. What to look for during routine traffic stops and investigations 6. Learn about smart technology and digital evidence 7. Understand laws, search and seizure, warrants and subpoenas 8. Learn the differences between cybercrime and hackers 9. Learn how organized crime plays a key role in the dark web 10. Learn about case studies and how they relate to the dark web and crime 11. Understand how a coordinated approach can help rescue and protect future victims

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