Handheld Are you and your agency prepared? devices – cell phones, smart phones, tablets and other specialized devices used for gaming, entertainment and personal navigation – are evolving at a rapid pace. New features and capabilities are emerging almost daily from the ecosystem of hardware, software and digital content companies, with the global market for mobile services projected to exceed $1 trillion by 2014.  Much of this market growth is due to new services beyond simple telephone communication. Handheld devices allow for email and text messaging, photography, audio and video recording, web browsing, navigation and location-based services, gaming, and other software applications.

Whether or not law enforcement professionals will encounter a cell phone, tablet computer, portable video game unit, or personal navigation device at a crime scene is no longer a question, it’s a certainty!   Every criminal, victim, and witness to a crime today is carrying at least one handheld mobile device and each of these devices may contain evidence that is valuable to a criminal investigation or prosecution.  As a result, law enforcement professionals need to update their skillsets to build awareness of handheld technologies and the methods by which people use them to commit crime.  As well, law enforcement professionals need to understand the policies and procedures for identifying and investigating crimes involving handheld devices.

Drexel University, Drakontas, and BKForensics have developed a free online training program to help law enforcement professionals throughout the United States address the challenges handheld computing technologies present to crime, investigations, and prosecutions.  The training program is self-paced and can be accessed in the workplace or at home through an Internet-connected computer.  It can also support training conducted in classrooms by your agency or academy’s certified training instructors.  The program is run through Drexel’s BlackBoard Learning Management System.  You can find sample training content under the modules menu of this website.

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