The Use of Social Media to Investigate Animal Crime: Considerations for Law Enforcement Professionals

The Use of Social Media to Investigate Animal Crime: Considerations for Law Enforcement Professionals
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-06-18
Unit 1 Slide Deck: The Use of Social Media to Investigate Animal Crime
Unit 2 Recording: The Use of Social Media to Investigate Animal Crime

 

We live in a world surrounded by social media.  Those who perpetrate animal abuse are all too eager to share information on numerous social media sites. The trained investigator should include this information as part of their case file.  Probable cause of a crime can be obtained by utilizing social media. Photographs, videos, geotags, affiliates, and co-conspirators are readily available utilizing many social media sites. Utilizing this information, law enforcement and animal control are poised to step inside the world of a perpetrator in ways never thought possible.

This presentation will illustrate the use of social media in the investigation of an animal fighting investigation that took place in Defuniak Springs, FL in May of 2015.  This case example will cover the cultivation of probable cause using social media posts and end with the review of the scene response by law enforcement and the ASPCA. This case highlights also highlights the importance of public-private partnerships between law enforcement and non-governmental organizations.

Audience Comments:

  • “The presentation was offered in a very simple yet thorough manner. Thank you so much.” –Aaron
  • “The combination of photos, videos, and text conveyed the entire point well. I especially liked having a case study as an example. ” — Jennifer
  • “How it was investigated in detail – and what techniques and sites were tracked, what the seizure resulted in. A good topic would be on how to successfully and aggressively prosecute these cases…. I think that the need for Prosecutors to obtain more training as well as judges is a huge need.” –Kim
  • “Excellent information on how to organize and implement an effective case.” –Phyllis

 

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs' Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs' Association logo.
** This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Current NACA Members who attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo.
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