Smart Phone Searches Tips and Tricks


Tuesday, February 1, 2022
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Session Type: Workshop

This courses objective will be to give Officers some knowledge on how to find violations on smart devices. These “tips and tricks” will help you navigate through the device to find what your looking for. It will focus on both Apple IOS and Android platforms. We will cover hidden files, hidden pictures, hidden folders, hidden applications, hidden deleted pictures and deleted voicemails. It will cover Google Drive and how offenders are tracking themselves on Google maps and possibly saving deleted internet history. If your wanting to get an edge up on your offenders and have a little more confidence in your phone searches this is a class for you.


Rachel B Strickland
Parole & Probation Officer, Deschutes County Community Justice

I started my career in Law Enforcement as a teenager volunteering with Ceres Police Department and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in California in 2003. I then graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Stanislaus State University. I was immediately hired at the age of 21 by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department where I worked in the courtroom as a Bailiff and on the streets as a patrol officer. I investigated homicides, DUI’s, domestic violence, sexual crimes, child abuse, drugs, theft, robberies, home invasions and many other types of crimes. I served in the Honor Guard as well as a Field Training Officer. After almost 8 years as a Deputy Sheriff, I decided that I wanted to leave the bay area to be closer to family who resided in Oregon. I have currently been working as a Probation and Parole Officer since 2015. I’m currently a mom of two toddlers and that is my most rewarding job as of yet. When I first started supervising sexual offenders, I quickly came to the realization that they were smarter than I was in the technology area. I knew it was my obligation at that point to change that. I went to the National Computer Forensics Institute in Alabama and obtained certificates in Digital Evidence Investigations and Social Network Investigations. I attended Field Search Software Training from Corrections Technology Center of Excellence. I utilize and operate the Data Pilot for cell phone dumps in our office. I am an Instructor at Department of Public Safety Standard and Training Parole and Probation Academy in Salem Oregon and I am on the Board of the Sex Offender Supervision Network for the State of Oregon. I have participated in thousands of searches. I have experience with writing search warrants and have years of hands on in-field experience that I am passionate about sharing with others so they can be successful in their career.