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The following distance learning courses are offered by Investigation Education Consultants, Inc. in partnership with the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute. These courses are specifically geared for the busy working professional who doesn't have the time to travel or the time to sit in a classroom all day. For budget-conscious organizations, our online courses also offer a cost-effective way to train personnel without incurring travel expenses or lost productivity due to training time.

All of our distance learning courses are presented through the S2 Online Academy's virtual classroom system. While other online training systems limit the learning experience to reading course material and listening to audio lectures, the S2 virtual classroom system uses Macromedia Flash-driven slides and streaming video of mastered instructor presentations to provide a dynamic learning environment unequaled by anything short of a live classroom.

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Anti-Terrorism Officer Program The distance learning version of the S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) Program is designed to prepare frontline security and police officers for deployment in environments where terrorism is a critical threat. This program provides an exploration of contemporary terrorist methods and basic anti-terrorism skills and knowledge that all officers should possess.

Defense Against Hazardous Mailings Postal bombs, contaminated mailings, and even postal devices designed to activate firearms ammunition have all been used to target VIPs, employees, and even ordinary citizens. To mitigate this threat, all organizations at risk should have a protocol for intercepting and safely responding to hazardous mail situations. In this distance learning course, S2 terrorism expert Craig Gundry explores the risks of hazardous mailings and appropriate countermeasures for mail-related threats.

Assessing Terrorism Related Risk This distance learning course is designed to provide security and public safety professionals with a functional understanding of risk management principles and aid in developing effective methodologies for evaluating terrorism-related risk. This program introduces the various types of terrorism-related risk and walks the students through the process of conducting a qualitative risk assessment. Exercises are used extensively in this program to aid students in understanding the process of risk assessment and how to apply risk management principles in anti-terrorism and security planning.

Human Intelligence for Law Enforcement The S2 Human Intelligence for Law Enforcement distance learning program is designed to provide new and experienced homeland security and law enforcement intelligence professionals with a deeper understanding of the HSINT intelligence process and successful strategies for solving domestic counterterrorism problems through effective use of human intelligence. The instructor, a former CIA Senior Operations Officer, draws on his previous experience in dismantling Al-Qaeda operations overseas to present students with practical strategies for planning and executing domestic HUMINT operations in addition to valuable advice about working in collaboration with the US Intelligence Community.

Human Intelligence Targeting Experienced HUMINT professionals know that trolling for recruitment targets is a low percentage strategy that usually results in sources with little access to priority information. Nevertheless, "trolling" and waiting for targets-of-opportunity remain common targeting methods used in law enforcement and military intelligence communities. In this two-hour program, the instructor, a former CIA Senior Field Operations Officer, presents focused targeting as an alternative and superior method for identifying and prioritizing high-value targets for recruitment. The primary examples described in this lesson focus on intelligence support for domestic homeland security. However, the principles of focused targeting as presented by the instructor are universal and can be applied in any operational environment.

Human Intelligence for SpecOps Personnel The online version of the S2 Human Intelligence for Special Operations Personnel course is designed to aid US Military special operations personnel in planning successful Title 50 HUMINT operations. In this four-hour course, a former CIA Senior Field Operations Officer, explores the HUMINT process and provides practical advice for maximizing operational success and avoiding critical mistakes. This course is a streamlined version of the lecture segment included in the 14-day HUMINT for SpecOps Field Operations course. Although this program addresses a wide range of important issues, this online version is not designed as a comprehensive course on NCS operational doctrine and tradecraft. NOTE: The information presented in this course is UNCLASSIFIED. However, owing to the sensitive nature of the subject, enrollment in this course is restricted to US Government employees (Level 3 students).

Legal Aspects of Private Investigations For most new and experienced private investigators, critical mistakes are rarely the result of poor investigative skills and techniques. Rather, in many instances, the most critical mistakes result by failing to fully understand the law as it relates to case matters and the lawful conduct of investigations. In this 8-hour distance learning course, expert private investigators and authors Rory McMahon and Ron Azzarello explore the various dimensions of law and private investigations and shed light on many issues of criminal and civil law that have been historically problematic for private investigators.

Sources of Information for Private Investigators In this seven-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator and author Rory McMahon surveys the wide range of information sources available to private investigators and various methods for accessing information. In addition to exploring techniques for collecting information from various sources, Mr. McMahon also provides critical guidance on a number of practical issues such as case management and planning, structuring background investigations, due diligence investigations, unique approaches to locating missing people, etc.

Interviewing Techniques and Truth Verification In this five-hour distance learning course, veteran PI and author Rory McMahon explores the art of interviewing and various strategies and techniques for conducting successful interviews in support of investigations. In addition to techniques for conducting interviews and recording statements, this course also provides guidelines for documenting interviews and report writing.

Introduction to Handwriting Analysis Handwriting Analysis ("Graphology") can expose many traits and characteristics that make up the personality of a writer. This insightful distance learning program is designed to provide security and public safety professionals with a foundation for understanding graphology. Through multimedia, case studies and hands-on analysis of actual writings, participants in this program will learn how to spot loyalty, trustworthiness, and initiative as well as signs of addiction, abuse, stress, and much more.

Covert Surveillance for Private Investigators In the S2 Covert Surveillance for Private Investigators course, veteran PI Ron Azarello and S2 Staff Instructor Craig Gundry survey the strategies, tactics, and technology available for use in conducting surveillance operations in private investigations. Although the core of this course is focused on surveillance technique and technology, considerable attention is also devoted to important parallel topics such as legal issues, teamwork, report writing, and more.

Florida Statutes for Private Investigators In the State of Florida, an individual seeking licensure as a private investigator must possess a minimum of two years of full-time investigations experience (or 4000 documented hours*) in addition to successful completion of a 100 question examination on Florida State Statutes influencing the business practices of the private investigations industry. The three-hour Florida Statutes for Private Investigators course is designed to provide experienced license applicants with a detailed survey of Florida Chapter 493 and other Florida State laws influencing licensing and business practices of private investigators.

Ethics and Private Investigations In this two-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator Rory McMahon discusses the ethical dimensions of private investigations and provides advice for establishing good ethical practices in business and professional activities.

Advanced Patrol & Officer Survival As one of the nation's leading experts on officer homicide, Criminologist James Davis provides students of this compelling distance learning course with important advice and tips for managing the dangers of police patrol and response.

Crisis Negotiations for First Responders In many hostage and suicide threat situations, the urgency of the crisis requires that first responding police or security personnel initiate and maintain dialogue until the arrival of professional negotiators. In the face of an emotionally-escalated crisis, one wrong statement can easily turn a dangerous situation into tragedy. In this 2-hour distance learning course, former hostage negotiator and FBI Unit Chief Vince McNally provides frontline police and security personnel with critical guidelines and advice for managing initial communications in crisis situations.

Human Trafficking Investigation According to authorities, between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked each year between nations against their will for purposes of sexual exploitation or slave labor. This estimate doesn’t include the millions of others trafficked within their own countries. Despite its international nature, human trafficking is not just a problem for Interpol and federal level law enforcement, but local agencies as well. Victims of human trafficking can be encountered almost anywhere in the world, from child armies in West Africa to massage parlors in small town America. In this five-hour online program, criminologist Tony Attanasio explores the problem of contemporary human trafficking, legal aspects of human trafficking, working with victims, and unique considerations for investigation of human trafficking activities.

Bomb Security for Executive Protection The S2 Bomb Countermeasures for Executive Protection distance learning course provides students with essential skills for protecting individual principals against assassination by the use of explosives. In this 12-hour advanced-level course, anti-terrorism expert Craig Gundry explores IED technology, explosive assassination methods used by professional adversaries, and measures for preventing, detecting, and mitigating explosive attacks.

Bomb Threat Management Bomb threats persist as the most common bomb-related problem encountered by organizations worldwide. In this two-hour distance learning course, bomb security expert Craig Gundry explores the procedures and options for managing bomb threats, evacuations, searching facilities for explosive devices, and responding to a suspicious object.