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Email paul@hetheringtongroup.com for registration link. (This training is only open to active LEO’s.)


Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is always a highlight of our year.  Getting into the community and giving back to those who keep us safe, is as rewarding today as 20 years ago.  With technology changes, the gang at Hg keeps up and keeps you informed as to the latest social media, OSINT and advanced internet resources.

Sadly we can’t gather together in person, but that doesn’t stop us from getting material to our blue line.  In fact, because it’s virtual, we can invite more LEO’s and really open up the arsenal for some instruction.  Class would have been three hours, with coffee (I miss coffee gatherings!) and time to network.  For all our sakes, we are going to do one live hour of instruction, and have 2 pre-recorded that you can attend at your own pace.  If you miss the live session, you can grab that after it’s air date.  So no one has to miss out on vital updated and necessary cyber investigative content.

Many of you have attended classes in the past and have met me and my team. Please know we miss you, we appreciate you, please stay safe, sane and healthy!



Advanced Social Media Investigations

Social media platforms are an important aspect of any online investigation. This advanced class is for you, if you hold the skills to conduct cursory searches but want to be on top of your game with the latest search tools for locating and uncovering social media users and their online content.

In this intermediate to advanced hands-on class, participants will learn how to discover intelligence by investigating popular social media platforms and search engines as well as gain knowledge of new social media platforms on the horizon. During the training, you will review social media pages, learn how hashtags and images can play a role in a case, and identify further leads. Upon completion of this class, field investigators will be able to conduct social media investigations using specialized search engines and conduct a CARA Analysis: Characteristics, Associations, Reputation, and Affiliations.

Participants will also be sent a link to the recorded version of:

Online Image Tracking & IP Tracing

Knowing specialized technical search techniques and resources are invaluable when tracking down the owner of a web site, photo, copyrighted image or other electronic document types. This class provides a comprehensive introduction to unique search tools for tracing images and IP addresses.

  • Learn how to track down images online, whether copyrighted or sensitive.
  • Learn how to utilize photo recognition search engines and locate users and their online posts using IP tracing, Whois services, and other search tools.
  • Field investigators will be able to find and identify five logistics of an online image, including location metadata and hash values.

Discreet Investigations: Undercover Online

Many social networks and online information sources either allow the subjects of searches to see who has been searching them or provide some obvious clues as to who is looking at their information. This advanced class provides tools for how to work undercover online, while adhering to ethical standards and laws.

In this intermediate to advanced class, participants will receive hands-on training on how to conduct investigations on social media platforms without compromising their online identity, gain tools for working online undercover, and understand how to avoid exposure when researching subjects online. Upon completion of the course, investigators will be able to

  • Conduct undercover online investigations
  • Ethically protect their identity while conducting investigations