Williamsburg, VA Outreach Training

  • Dates: 06 – 06 Mar, 2013
  • Location: Williamsburg, VA
  • Address: Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
  • Email: events@nw3c.org

Williamsburg, VA
Outreach Training Event

Online Social Media and
Criminal Investigations


Nearly 300 law enforcement professionals, representing 87 state, local, federal and military agencies, attended the National White Collar Crime Center's Outreach Training Event held March 6, 2013, at the College of William & Mary's Sadler Center. The W&M Police Department co-hosted the training. 

Indiana State Police Lt. Chuck Cohen presented on how law enforcement could use information found on social networking websites in criminal investigations and intelligence analysis.

The lunch portion of the training featured a presentation by Ray Rowley, Law Enforcement Engagement Manager for Altria Client Services, on illict tobacco trafficking patterns.

Response to the material presented was overwhelmingly positive, including:

  • "This program allows us to keep up with social media, as inmates use it and often ask their family members to post updates for them. We need to learn how to manage these tools. Criminals use it well and we need to also." - Kenneth Forest, Intelligence Officer, Virginia Department of Corrections
  •  "We came to this program today to learn more about what are the trends on the outside for law enforcement in social media investigations. We are in our own community and this helps us as we work hand-in-hand with local police and the FBI." - Lt. Heath Hurley, U.S. Air Force

Photo Highlights

At the start of his presentation, Lt. Chuck Cohen gives law enforcement an idea of just how many social networks clutter cyberspace today. NW3C Director Don Brackman presents outreach attendees with a letter of recognition from Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. William and Mary Police Chief Donald Challis addresses outreach attendees. Michael Dry, an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Deputy Criminal Chief, speaks at the outset of the NW3C Outreach Training in Williamsburg. Nate Green, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Williamsburg/James City County, speaks to outreach attendees. Indiana State Police Lt. Chuck Cohen, an 18-year veteran and social media investigations expert, gets ready to make his presentation at the NW3C Outreach Training in Williamsburg. A main focus of Lt. Chuck Cohen's presentation is how criminals use online social networks.

College of William & Mary
Sadler Center, Commonwealth Auditorium
200 Stadium Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cost: FREE

Online Social Media and
Criminal Investigations

Speaker: Lieutenant Charles "Chuck" Cohen, Indiana State Police

Social networking sites are virtual communities. As in any large community, these sites are home to criminal organizations, fraud and violent crime. The goal of this course is to equip investigators with the tools needed to prevent, track and solve crimes in these communities.

This one-day (8 hour) course is designed for law enforcement supervisors, criminal investigators, criminal intelligence analysts, special agents and other investigators. Students with any level of familiarity with the Internet and computers, from beginning to advanced, will find this course beneficial.

Partial in-service credit approved for Virginia law enforcement.

Note: Course contains graphic content including profanity, and sexual and violent images

Lunch Program

Illicit Tobacco Trafficking Patterns

Speaker:  Ray Rowley, Manager, Law Enforcement Engagement, Altria Client Services

Altria has been a partner with NW3C since 2008 in providing contraband tobacco training to law enforcement.   This presentation will provide attendees with practical, real-world information about tobacco trafficking and how law enforcement and private industry have confronted the problem.


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