CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation Virtual Symposium

We invite you to attend the upcoming CNA Center for Justice Research and Innovation Virtual Symposium on August 30 and 31 to learn more about research and work supporting the justice field. NIJ Director, Nancy La Vigne will also participate as keynote speaker. Below are more details and a link to register. Please feel free to share this with others you think may be interested.


Falling Behind: The Digital Evidence Surge

Join us for an essential conversation with two veteran law enforcement leaders as we explore the evolving challenges faced by law enforcement related to the ever-increasing amount, and complexity of digital evidence available in a typical investigation.

Hear how agencies can adapt to keep pace with the constant digital expansion within law enforcement investigations. Do not miss the opportunity to participate in this important discussion.

Presented by:
Ashan M. Benedict, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department and Christian Quinn, Major (Ret.) Fairfax County (VA) Police Department

Moderated by:
Lt. Colonel James J. Emerson, USMC (Ret.) Vice President, NW3C.

Investigating Crypto Investment Fraud: Pig Butchering

Departments nationwide are being inundated with reports of cryptocurrency facilitate crimes, specifically investment fraud. This webinar would cover the fundamentals of investigating fake cryptocurrency exchanges and "pig butchering". Attendees will understand the various ways these fraudulent services, such as DeFi "wallet drains". From taking the initial report and furthering the investigation, this webinar covers best practices. Blockchain analytic tools will be utilized in real world scenarios, as well as other OSINT investigative techniques for the various ways these criminals defraud their victims.

Presented by:
Keven Hendricks, Detective, City of New Brunswick Police Department

Handling Sensitive Investigations in Rural Communities: Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence Cases Webinar

On Thursday, August 17, at 2:00pm ET, the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) is hosting a webinar addressing strategies for handling sensitive investigations, such as sexual assault and intimate partner violence, in rural communities, best practices, and lessons learned.

Attendees will hear from Brian Eads, Investigator at the Gering, NE Police Department and Michael Tunink, Senior Criminal Attorney at the Coconino County, AZ County Attorney’s Office. During the event, attendees will:

Ensuring Ethical Preservation and Protection of Victims' Rights in Capital Punishment Cases: Model Practices

This webinar and accompanying checklist will provide the prosecutors the tools to examine ethical issues in capital punishment cases. It will describe ways to ethically preserve and protect victim rights while prosecuting a capital punishment case. Model practice recommends considering surviving victims' rights without sacrificing a prosecutor's obligations when trying a death penalty case.

Developments and Trends of 2023 Cyber Attacks to Public Safety

The Public Safety Threat Alliance Intelligence team will present our observations and assessments on the trends and developments of cyber activity targeting public safety. We will breakdown the specific tradecraft mapped to the MITRE ATT&CK matrix, and detail how threat actors have been adapting to continue to be successful in 2023.

Presented by:
Tyler Brodbeck, Threat Intelligence Manager, Motorola Solutions
Travis Randall, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst, Motorola Solutions

IA103 Introduction to Strategic Intelligence Analysis

This course introduces analysts to the broader concepts of connecting the dots through link analysis. A critical portion of conducting a successful analytical investigation is the ability to link together and understand the complexities of the connectedness between people and organizations. Introduction to Link Analysis (ILA) expands on the basic principles of link and association analyses explored in the Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training (FIAT) while building a framework for more advanced methods such as social network analysis.

Expanding basic knowledge of link and association analysis
Explaining the process of social network analysis
Understanding the visual mapping and mathematical components associated with link and social network analyses

FC101 Financial Investigations Practical Skills

This course provides hands-on investigative training at a basic level. Students develop the practical skills, insight, and knowledge necessary to manage a successful financial investigation from start to finish, including the acquisition and examination of financial records, interview skills, and case management and organization. Additional topics include forgery and embezzlement, financial exploitation of the elderly, working with spreadsheets, financial profiling, and state-specific statutes and legal issues.

*Emerging issues. Current trends in various types of financial crimes. Recent cases and their implications.
*Financial records. Learn to obtain and manage bank records, including basic spreadsheeting skills.
*Working with data. Extract leads and draw conclusions from bank records and other financial data.
*Hands-on experience. Work a mock financial case as part of an investigative team.

FC110 Financial Crimes Against Seniors

This course promotes a multi-agency approach to the problem of financial exploitation of senior citizens. Bringing together law enforcement personnel and adult protective services investigators, the course enhances students investigative skills and interviewing techniques while facilitating networking and cooperation that can extend out of the classroom and into real cases. Topics include recognizing elder abuse, working with victims, identifying perpetrators, and resources for investigation and community awareness. Students work together to conduct a mock investigation into a hypothetical case.

*Financial investigation basics. What constitutes elder abuse? Family and trusted persons as perpetrators. Statutes and sentencing enhancements.
*Senior victims. Reasons for vulnerability. Special needs like Alzheimers or dementia.
*Resources. Community awareness and investigative resources.
*Hands-on experience. Work a case as part of an investigative team.