Onsite Training

Managing Sex Offenders' Computer Use
Presenter: Dr. Tanner

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is pleased to present a two-day technical and interactive training seminar for probation, parole, and community corrections professionals who supervise sex offenders and monitor their computer usage in the field. This 2 day class provides in-depth presentations and hands-on practice in computer forensics as they apply to Probation and Parole. During the training each participant will have access to a Window’s® based computer, provided through the Colorado Judicial Department's Denver West Computer Lab. Software and files will be loaded on the student’s computer during the class for this “Hands-On” training and participants will learn the difference between computer forensics and field monitoring of probation/parolee computer activities. The course focuses primarily on Windows® operating systems (‘9x, NT, ME, 2000, XP). Some information will be provided on Macintosh® computer forensics.

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe five ways offenders access illicit content on the Internet
  • Locate Windows’® forensic artifacts, conduct text and image searches, and recover browser history records
  • Effectively use the field examination software tools distributed free to each class participant
  • Produce and export a complete report on a field examination
  • Design a best-fit approach to field management of offenders’ computers in compliance with all applicable law
  • Construct model computer court ordered usage conditions

This course is an applied technical training. Participants will be installing and using monitoring software and searching computers for forensic evidence. Previous experience with computer forensics not required, but participants should be familiar with Windows’® and not be computer-phobic. While the class focuses on managing sex offenders, the techniques learned are applicable for other types of cyber crime. Due to the highly technical instruction seminar participation will be limited and selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.

About the Presenter
Dr. Tanner has 35 years of experience in applied community corrections. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois with specialties in Cognitive Social Psychology, Sociology of Law, and Evaluation Research. His primary interests are the adaptation of cognitive sciences in treatment of offender populations, cyber crime analysis, and improving the efficacy of sex offender treatment. Dr. Tanner is the author of Quick Skills, a comprehensive modular cognitive-behavior curriculum in use in the United States and Australia, and the developer of the Structured Sex Offender Treatment Review (SSOTR) a tool which allows professionals to monitor the progress of sex offenders in treatment.

Dr. Tanner has served on the faculty at two universities, was a Supervising Probation Officer, Executive Director of halfway houses (2) Director of Boulder County Colorado’s Community Corrections Division, Vice President of Correctional Management Incorporated, and President of KBSolutions Incorporated. His applied experience includes operating secure detention facilities, halfway houses for juveniles and adults, day reporting centers, probation/parole services, and intensive treatment programs (both residential and out-patient.

Dr. Tanner designed Field Search, National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s freeware field computer forensic package. He is one of a small group of individuals world-wide who have earned the Global Information Assurance Certification in Security Leadership.

( 2 day training )

To request site-specific training, email Diane Kincaid or call APPA at (859)244-8196.

This Onsite Training falls under the following category:
Sexual Offender Management