Nearly every person in the digital age carries a cellphone. Most homes have a laptop or desktop computer. At every turn we are video recorded by some sort of security system or by the public themselves. Criminals are leveraging tech to steal information or share illicit materials.

What are we doing to train our first responders in how to address these potentially invaluable items of digital evidence?

In most cases, officers receive next to no training in their academies or FTO phases on how to property handle digital evidence in all its forms. This can lead to missed investigative leads, tainted evidence in court, and scrutiny by the media & public. With the rapid evolution of technology, these issues will only increase as time goes on.

Digital Evidence Basics is a three-hour long training course designed to assist law enforcement personnel in identifying, handling, and seizing digital evidence in its many forms.

Items such as cellphones, tablets, storage media (USB flash drives, SD cards, etc.), laptop computers, desktop computers, video systems, cloud data, smart devices (FitBit, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo), the internal computers found in modern vehicles, and more will all be covered. In addition to the identification and seizure of these items, this course will cover digital storage basics, incorporating digital evidence into reports, legal considerations, and court testimony.

A mock scenario and report will be presented, showing how the various types of items and legal justifications for seizure would transpire in the real-world.

This class is open to any law enforcement personnel who may be tasked with handling digital evidence, such as those in patrol, supervisory staff, detectives/investigators, crime scene technicians, and support staff (including civilians).

The course is designed and taught by active law enforcement personnel who have an expertise in digital evidence and cybercrime. Students will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. This class may be taught either virtually or in-person.


No prior investigative or computer experience is required.

Must be employed by a law enforcement agency, a government regulatory/investigative body (liquor control commission, gaming control board, child protective services, animal control, state fraud investigations, arson investigations, corruption investigations, etc.), or a prosecuting attorney’s office. Inquiries as to eligibility may be made using our contact form.

Price: $175 per student | Bulk discounts available

Michigan: MCOLES 302/LED funds approved

Length: Three hours

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