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Tuesday, April 17 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
OUTREACH & LAW ENFORCEMENT COMBINED SESSION: Conservation Law Enforcement in the Digital Realm: Using Social Media and Cellular Technology to Enhance Investigations

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AUTHORS: Timothy Dooley, Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

ABSTRACT. An increasing number of conservation law enforcement investigations are entering the digital realm. Today, practically everyone has a digital footprint which can provide law enforcement with a plethora of information and potential evidence. Sources of information which may be useful to law enforcement investigators include but are not limited to social media websites, individual mobile devices, third party applications, internet service provider records, and cellular call detail records. It is imperative investigators have the ability to identify, extract, and extrapolate pertinent data. Unfortunately, most wildlife agencies have not invested enough resources into the emerging field of digital investigations rendering conservation law enforcement officers without the tools necessary to conduct thorough investigations. This presentation is intended to give an overview of the digital information available to law enforcement investigators and provide an understanding of the methodology used to obtain data from various sources. Included in this presentation will be specific examples of casework as conducted by the Virginia Conservation Police. Attendees will be provided with resources to aid in the recognition of digital evidence, evidence preservation, legal process, and data analysis.

Tuesday April 17, 2018 11:40am - 12:00pm EDT
Lake Champlain A

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