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Field search course

Interrogate a computer with limited technical knowledge. 


​The course will give students with limited technical knowledge the ability to interrogate a computer.

The software allows for a list of predefined keyword​s to be searched for, providing a list of file locations where those keywords are found.


​By the end of this course​ the students will be able to:

  • use field search to ascertain the contents of the offenders' machine
  • explain the impact of field search on the examined computer
  • explain the four ACPO principles
  • interpret created, accessed and modified dates

The course will use the ​​​​latest version of field search.

Methods of delivery


Key details

Practitioner group

Offender managers who visit offenders in their home address and examine computers with consent.


One day.


Home Office forces (non-residential):

£323 (1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020)

£332 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)

Course contact
Additional information

The college may be able to provide ad-hoc courses for a minimum of six students.

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