Researching, Identifying and Tracing the Electronic Suspect


​​​All investigating officers should have the ability to safely and lawfully gather information and intelligence from sources on the World Wide Web.

Who should attend

​This course is designed for o​fficers who need to use the internet in their investigations.


​To provide investigating officers with the skills necessary to obtain, evaluate and use online information.


After attending this course, the participant will be able to:  

  • d​emonstrate the ability to navigate internet utilities in order to capture and evaluate relevant data

  • identify key sources of publicly available information in the different areas of the internet
  • demonstrate the ability to navigate these sources in order to extract and evaluate relevant data

  • apply best practice in respect of risk assessment processes at each stage of an online investigation

  • apply best practice in respect of proper authorization and recording processes for online investigations

  • obtain tracking data from email communications

  • obtain familiari​​ty with social networking sites

  • Maintain a comprehensive audit trail of all web locations visited

  • Produce a relevant report identifying all pertinent aspects of the investigation

Entry requirements

  • ​Delegates w​ill be, or expect to be, in a role which requires them to conduct online investigations

  • Delegates wil​​l have experience of intelligence submission

  • Delegates will have​​ used PCs in a home or work environment on a regular basis and will have knowledge of applications such as Microsoft Office and Internet services such as the Web and email

  • Much of this course ​is hands-on and anyone attending who has not used a computer on a regular basis may not benefit 

Course Dates and Venues

Start dateEnd dateVenuePlaces
11/01/202115/11/2021RytonPlease email
15/02/202119/02/2021RytonPlease email
08/03/202112/03/2021RytonPlease email

Course duration

​5 days

Methods of delivery

​This course includes bot​h theory and practical lessons

Assessment processes / accreditation details

​A series of written and practical ​assessments will occur throughout the course.

Additional information



Cost to HO forces


£1272.50 Tuition Fee (Prices valid 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020) £1309.00 Tuition fee (Prices are valid from 1 Oct 2019 for courses from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

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