Casting the Digital Footprint

Training Overview

National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College is hosting a training opportunity for professionals in law enforcement, prosecution, and related court officials with Detective Edward Merritt.

Technology impacts almost every type of investigation today. Uncover the information technology users knowingly and unknowingly leave behind when accessing and using electronic devices. Learn how to covertly strengthen your investigations by gathering personal, public, and open-source data. Discuss techniques to locate evidence through technologies that can benefit any investigation. This training is only for law enforcement, prosecution, and court-related officials.

Upon completion of this training, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the means by which a person leaves a digital “trail” for investigators on multiple digital devices
  • Examine how to interpret reports of analyzed devices
  • Apply practices in extracting device histories for investigations
  • Identify methods to complete research warrants with open-source and social media providers

About the Trainer

Edward Merritt – Detective, Criminal Investigations Division, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Detective Merritt is a 22 year veteran with a law enforcement agency in South East Tennessee. He is currently assigned to the criminal investigations division where he primarily works cases involving internet crimes against children. In addition to his current assignment, he serves as a technical adviser to his department’s hostage negotiations team and is the team leader for the sheriff’s underwater recovery team (S.U.R.T.). He is a P.O.S.T. certified Child Abuse Instructor and has received training in Advanced Investigation and Prosecution of Child Abuse and Exploitation through the National Advocacy Center. Since 2008 he has attended training in Modern Internet Communications and Cell phone investigations from the FBI and a number of the nation’s private vendors. He is a strong supporter of training in the proper seizure of mobile devices and hopes to one day see a national standard in testifying to cell site location information.

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August 28, 2023
August 29, 2023
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National Criminal Justice Training Center Fox Valley Technical College
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Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
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St. Paul, MN 55106 United States
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