Mobile devices are among the most ubiquitous electronic communications devices, certainly the fastest growing, and the most frequently encountered. They are encountered at most crime scenes and should be considered when defining the scope of search warrants that include digital evidence. A great potential exists for encountering valuable evidence on these mobile devices.
The Mobile Device Investigations Program (MDIP) is designed to provide investigators with the basic training necessary to complete a logical acquisition of digital evidence from mobile devices. It also includes an understanding of cell technologies and the skills to frame an investigation from evidence obtained through a device extraction and call detail records. Students must attend each block of instruction and satisfactorily complete all labs and practical exercises of the program in order to receive a Certificate of Training. The tuition includes state-of-the-art hardware and software, which is issued to each student (which become the property of the student’s agency upon course completion) and will be demonstrated and used during class. The goal of the program is to provide the hardware, software and training to enable the graduate to examine digital evidence immediately upon return to their office.
At the conclusion of this one-week program, the training participant will have demonstrated, through the successful completion of a practical exercise that he/she has a functional knowledge of:
- Understanding cellular GSM and CDMA technologies and the art of framing investigations from evidence obtained through call detail records.
- Evidence Acquisition and extraction using an industry standard mobile device extraction tool and methodology.
- Learning the correct method of seizing and securing a cellular phone device using Faraday methods to prevent live evidence from changing.
- Using call detail records obtained from the cellular service provider, the student will be able to map and track the mobile device's movement by using mapping software and standard mapping programs such as Google Earth.
- These objectives will be addressed through lecture, discussion, and various practical exercise, and demonstrations of relevant techniques.
Applicant must be a law enforcement officer/agent with arrest authority in the prevention, detection, apprehension, detention and/or investigation of felony and/or misdemeanor violations of federal, state, local, tribal, or military criminal laws; Direct Law Enforcement Support Personnel (DLESP); or employees of a federal, state, local, tribal or international agency who perform functions directly related to a law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mission but do not necessarily have the authority to carry and use firearms, make arrests and/or conduct searches with or without a warrant. This category of personnel may also include military personnel preparing for deployment.
This program is part of the FLETC's Cybercrime Track (FCT) or the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) Track. By entering FCT or ELSUR into the search window, other related Cyber Division programs can be found.
Required Training Materials
- Cell Phone Investigations
- Data Acquisition
- How Cell Phones Work
- Cell Phone Technology
- Mapping Software
- Cellular Forensics Software
- The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) partner with numerous federal agencies to provide law enforcement training. If you are a member of one of these Participating Organizations, please contact your agency training officer for class availability. If your agency is not a partner organization of the FLETC and you are interested in attending a course, please contact us to request placement on our Wait List.
- The FLETC State, Local and Tribal Division (SLTD) supports our local law enforcement communities by providing training opportunities, onsite at FLETC campuses and exported to hosts, through the FLETC Application for Student Training (FAST) online application site at FLETC.gov/FAST.
- For more information on all training at FLETC, please contact us at FLETCAdmissions@FLETC.DHS.GOV or 800-743-5382.
Program Contact Info
Glynco: (912) 267-2485