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Technology, Threats & Trends in Criminal Investigations

  • OREGON PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE Salem, OR 97317 (map)


Technology saturates our everyday lives.  Yet, so many technologies are being developed with the specific purpose of targeting police officers or hiding criminal activity.

This is a unique and eye-opening class for prosecutors, law enforcement personnel and anyone working in the judicial system who wants to learn more on how everyday technologies are being used (or misused) to commit crimes, avoid or detect investigations, and to conduct counter surveillance. 

Although dealing with technology issues, this course is instructed in a manner that both the novice and the expert will understand and appreciate.  The course utilizes a combination of lecture, multimedia examples, case studies, and live demonstrations involving the attendees.  Evaluations of this course have been excellent and many have stated that it should be mandatory training for every officer.


This course will examine and demonstrate how individuals are misusing  technologies, it will also reveal simple, inexpensive ways to mitigate thier success as well as provide some investigative tips.

Topics include:
·         Video counter-surveillance
·         The vulnerabilities of Caller ID including, spoofing and unblocking software
·         Virtual Numbers
·         What the metadata in digital photographs reveals.
·         Bluetooth tracking
·         Devious and dangerous Smartphone app.
·         GPS & Geo-location threats
·         Understanding IP addresses and how to identify a target
·          Proxy servers, VPNs and TOR.
·         A Darkweb and Bitcoin primer



Jim Dill is a Summa Cum Laude Graduate of the Indiana University of PA – BA Criminology – and was valedictorian of the Criminology Department. 

Jim has dedicated his entire law enforcement career to matters dealing with investigative technologies.  He is a 30-year veteran of the PA Office of Attorney General (OAG) with 27 of those years served as an agent, supervisor, or director of the unit responsible for electronic surveillance, investigative technology and counter-surveillance matters.  He was later promoted to Deputy Chief and placed in charge of all Investigative Services. 

Throughout his career Jim has participated in hundreds of investigations involving the use of investigative technology for the OAG as well as with a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  He has been qualified and has testified as an expert on investigative technologies in both the Common Pleas and Appellate Court systems. 

Jim is an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Technical Investigators Association and the National Technical Investigators Association and has served on the FBI Telecommunications Industry Liaison Unit and the CALEA Implementation Unit. He also served as a columnist for the PA Chiefs of Police Magazine (Technology Mandates).

Jim currently serves as a instructor and subject matter expert for law enforcement and other members of the Criminal Justice System.


This course is sponsored and paid for by the Oregon-Idaho HIDTA; space is limited to 50 students. Students will be responsible for associated travel, lodging and meal expenses.

To register, complete and submit a HIDTA Training Request Form