Research and Social Media Techniques for Investigators

Friday, 22 June 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19154-2110, United States

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Friday, 22 June 2018 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM [EST]

FOP Lodge #5, 11630 Caroline Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19154-2110, United States.

The PA ATPA, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association (PACIA), will be conducting a training program on Research and Social Media Techniques. This program will feature classroom instruction by Joe Stephenson, Managing Director of SIU for Hagerty Insurance.  Coffee breaks and lunch will be provided.


This presentation provides the investigator with information on how to better secure results from the Internet and social media platforms to gain relevant information in less time.  We will discuss Google internal functions, the use of ‘operators’ in a Google search, and how to use Google to access social media content, including cross content postings - all without needing login information.  Learn how to locate, identify and then extract information from various social media platforms, like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.  An emphasis will be placed on Facebook, with instruction on how to find so-called hidden data from seemingly private profiles, as well as an introduction into URL manipulation & learning how to locate profiles using non-traditional information (such as age, gender, profession, and likes).  How to create a covert profile will be discussed, as well as image metadata, mapping analysis, and we will explore a number of free third party websites that will assist you in refining data, building link analysis, and more.


There are 150 training slots available on a first come, first accepted basis.  There is NO fee for this training.  Municipal officers will earn 6 MPOETC CLEE credits for completing this program.


*Attendees who are not currently members of the International Associate of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI), will be eligible for a FREE one (1) year membership upon completion of the course.


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If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration immediately so that waitlisted individuals have an opportunity to attend.

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PA Auto Theft Prevention Authority

The mission of the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority (ATPA) is to enforce, prosecute, and prevent auto theft. ATPA is made up of a statewide network of law enforcement grantees: nearly 100 highly-skilled, specially-trained police officers, state troopers, detectives, prosecutors, paralegals, and support staff. These grantees target both the individual joyrider out to steal a car, as well as the complex, sophisticated international theft rings that smuggle high-end vehicles and cargo overseas. The Authority was created by the General Assembly in 1994, and since inception has contributed to a 71% decrease in the rate of motor vehicle theft in Pennsylvania, compared to a national decrease of 59%.

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