Open Source Investigations for Anti-Trafficking Operations
Monday, September 30 - Tuesday, October 1, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Mountain View Police Department
Directions: 1000 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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Course DescriptionThe course is designed to instruct officers how to gather evidence and intelligence of illegal activity displayed or hidden in social media and other sites. This course covers how to use open source tools to enhance anti-trafficking and investigative operations. These tools should include but are not limited to websites and third party applications (apps). Hands-on practical exercises that are realistic and represent real world activities are a major part of this course. The class challenges students to apply effective classroom theory to the exercises. Each hands-on exercise shall is followed by an after-action review of the students’ products in order to ensure all training objectives have been met.

Topics Covered

• Introduction – Open-source Intelligence for law enforcement
• National trends of traffickers using social media for illicit purposes
• Legal considerations for open source investigations
• Using the internet and social media sites for intelligence gathering in law 
• enforcement operations
• Key apps and sites to use in investigations
• Identifying threats through the internet and social media
• Tracking criminals, and missing persons
• Apps and technology used against law enforcement
• How to protect the agent’s identity on social media
• How to establish a safe and legal undercover persona through social media
• How to conduct undercover investigations through the internet and social media 
• Smart Phone Utilization during law enforcement investigations
• Doxing - how to combat and use as a tool in investigations  



Instructor:  Joe Pannullo is a recently retired Police Officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department where he worked for 21 years. He spent the last 17 1/2 years as a Detective assigned to the Narcotics Section. During his 17 1/2 years in the Narcotics Section, Joe was assigned to the Clandestine Lab Team and Street Level Narcotics Team, was a sworn Federal Task Force Officer (TFO) assigned to a DEA Task Force for 5 years and was a Training Coordinator for the Narcotics Section. Joe worked undercover for 10 years both on the Street Team dealing with low & mid-level dealers as well as working undercover on the DEA Task Force dealing with mainly Cartel Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTO). He is a certified expert witness by the courts for clandestine drug labs, undercover operations and general narcotics related operations.

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