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LAwS Academy

The LAwS Academy is a subsidiary of LAwS Communications. The LAwS Academy offers training in social media for law enforcement and is usually hosted by a Police Department in exchange for a generous free tuition package. All courses are also often run privately for a flat fee. Contact us for details.

The LAwS Academy has been training police in the use of social media since 2009.

We currently offer five courses in 3 areas:

LEADERSHIP

    • Leadership in a Cyberworld

      This course is geared toward middle and senior-level law enforcement and is offered in a private setting only.

COMMUNITY POLICING

  • Social Media Fundamentals for Law Enforcement

    This course is taught by LAwS Communications founder, Lauri Stevens.

  • Intermediate Social Networking for Law Enforcement

    This course is taught by LAwS Communications founder, Lauri Stevens.

  • INVESTIGATIONS

  • Social Media Investigations Fundamentals

    The beginner investigations course is taught by a certified Police Detective. This course is being offered in

  • Real Time Social Media Analysis

    The realtime course is taught by a certified Police Detective.

  • Intermediate Social Media Investigations

    The intermediate investigations course is taught by a certified Police Detective. This course is being offered in

    Upcoming Dates and Locations:


    OmahaPolice

    NEBRASKA

    Hosted by the Omaha, NE Police Department

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday and Tuesday, Sept 5th and 6th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Monday Through Thursday, September 5th – 8th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Omaha Police Department.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    Omaha Public Safety Training Center
    11616 Rainwood Road
    Omaha, NE 68142
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    ElDoradoHills

    CALIFORNIA

    Hosted by the El Dorado Hills, CA DA’s Office

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday & Tuesday, Sept 13th & 14th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the El Dorado Hills DA’s Office.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    El Dorado Hills Fire Department
    Conference Room
    1050 Wilson Boulevard
    El Dorado Hills, CA
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    SaanichPolice

    BRITISH COLUMBIA

    Hosted by the Saanich, BC Police Department

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday and Tuesday, Oct 2nd and 3rd, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Monday Through Thursday, Oct 2nd – 5th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Saanich Police Department.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    The Pacific Fleet Club
    1587 Lyall Street
    Victoria, British Columbia
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    MadisonSheriff

    ALABAMA

    Hosted by the Madison County, AL Sheriff’s Office

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday and Tuesday, Oct 16th and 17th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Monday Through Thursday, Oct 16th – 19th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Madison County, AL Sheriff’s Office.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    Madison County Sheriff
    Training Center
    705 Wheeler Avenue
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    DoverPOlice

    DELAWARE

    Hosted by the Dover, DE Police Department

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday and Tuesday, Oct 23rd and 24th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Monday Through Thursday, Oct 23rd – 26th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Dover Police Department.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    Dover Police Department
    400 S Queen Street
    Dover, DE 19904
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    WaynePolice

    NEW JERSEY

    Hosted by the Wayne Township, NJ Police Department

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov 14th and 15th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 EST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Tuesday through Friday, Nov 14th – 17th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 EST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Wayne, NJ Police Department.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here soon.

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    Training location
    Wayne Township Police
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    Wayne, New Jersey
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    RosenbergPolice

    TEXAS

    Hosted by the Rosenberg, TX Police Department

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement – 2 days

    Monday and Tuesday, Dec 4th and 5th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $375 per person 2-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Combine the Fundamentals course with Intermediate Social Media Investigations for Law Enforcement – 4 days

    Monday Through Thursday, Dec 4th – 7th, 2017, 9:00-4:00 CST, $650 per person 4-day. Class size is limited. Register now!

    Hosted by the Rosenberg Police Department.
    See below for a course description and you may download a flyer here.

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    Training location
    Rosenberg Civic Center
    Media Room
    13825 State Highway 36 South
    Rosenberg, TX 77471
    Attendees must bring wi-fi enabled laptop.


    Additional dates and locations are currently in development. To host a LAwS Academy event in exchange for a generous free tuition package, please email Lauri Stevens at lauri[at]@lawscomm[dot]net


     

     

     

    Contact us for information about hosting your own Social Media Fundamentals for Police training event. We have held successful events in several locations in North America including Alberta, Minnesota, Connecticut, Washington State, California, Texas, Nebraska, Ontario and Massachusetts.

    LAwS Academy Comprehensive Social Media Fundamentals for Law Enforcement course

    This is not an investigations course. For information regarding training in social media investigations, please call us at 978-764-9887. This comprehensive two-day LAwS Academy training on social media use in law enforcement includes complete training in the use of Twitter, Facebook and using third party tools to enhance them, on day one. One day two, we cover Pinterest, Instagram, Periscope, Blab, Google HangOuts, LinkedIn, and more third party tools. We discuss the basics of social media monitoring and social media strategy development with the COPPS Social Media Method and policy considerations. This fast-paced course is designed for the serious learner and is intended to take law enforcement attendees with little or no knowledge of social media usage to a point where they’re comfortable and knowledgeable and have a complete working knowledge of how to gain all the benefits from using social media and mitigate the associated risks. Each event can be customized to local needs or requests of the host agency.

    Upon completion students will know:

    • The complete ins and outs of Twitter and Facebook.
    • A solid understanding of third party tools to leverage both.
    • Basic coverage of Pinterest, Instagram, Periscope, Blab Google+, LinkedIn and others
    • How to create an agency strategy and why it’s important
    • Social Media Communications Policy
    • Social media monitoring tools for law enforcement and what they’re good for

    Who should attend: The Social Media Fundamentals course is designed for law enforcement professionals. Past attendees have included all ranks from local, state and national agencies. The course is appropriate for the persons who are most responsible for an agency’s social media presence including: sworn officers, public information managers, supervisors and executives.

    Day One – Fundamentals of Twitter, Facebook

    • Use and best practices for both
    • Facebook settings for officer safety
    • Third-party management tools

    Day Two – Other important Social Media platforms and Social Media Strategy

    • Periscope, Blab, Google+ HO, YouTube
    • LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube
    • Basics of strategy development using the COPPS Social Media Method™
    • More third party apps, time allotted
    • Social Media Monitoring basics

    LAwS Academy Intermediate Social Networking for Law Enforcement course

    This is not an investigations course. For information regarding training in social media investigations, please call us at 978-764-9887.This course is intended for law enforcement professionals who are serious about creating an engaged organization. Picking up where the fundamentals course leaves off, we dive deeper into strategy creation – how to achieve the truly decentralized agency. We cover social media management and analytics, the creation of a measurement plan and how to tell when you’ve achieved success. We cover third party tools in greater detail (and number). These third party tools include several free platforms which separately and uniquely enhance usability, but we also review several social media monitoring platform in depth, with hands-on access during class. We produce and broadcast an in-class G+ HangOut OnAir.

    Upon completion students will know:

    • Strategy techniques to go beyond the social media check-box
    • Managing the connected agency so the chief sleeps at night
    • How to decipher analytics and measure achievement
    • How to create strategic campaigns beginning with message maps
    • Writing for Social Media
    • Hands-on use and break-down of social media monitoring platforms
    • Step by step production of a Google + Hangout On Air

    Social Media Investigations Fundamentals for Law Enforcement course

    This two-day social media investigations course focuses on open source search techniques, resources and legal issues. The primary instructor is a detective at a major metropolitan police department who is highly experienced in social media investigations. The course covers Internet basics such as Internet history, IP addresses, Surface, Deep and Dark web, Browsers and search engines. With an emphasis on free search tools, we cover how to find OSINT, basic searches of social media, advanced searches on Facebook and Twitter and other applications and exploiting public information to find your target. The Detective also covers how to document your results, and best practices for legal compliance.

    Upon completion students will know:

    • The history of the Internet and what the Web, the Deeb Web and the Dark Web are
    • IP addresses and html basics
    • Basic search and advanced search and creative search techniques with free tools
    • Searching of OSINT and Social Media Networks, exploiting public information
    • Documenting your search
    • Legal best practices
    • Hundreds of free resources for search, guides, checklists

    The Real Time Social Media Analysis

    This one-day course is a hands-on classroom experience for law enforcement officials and private security professionals who have stewardship over special events. The class is broken into five modules, including preparation, methodology, and recommendations for after action reporting. The course will be live on the Internet and will pull data from various free and paid tools. Participants in the course will have the opportunity to see each tool “in action.”

    Upon completion students will know:

    • What is it and why do we need it?
    • PINs- What information does command need?
    • PIRs- Incoming information and emergent requirements
    • Essential elements of the team, structure and responsibilities
    • After action: reporting, evidence, intelligence