Course Length: 3 days (24 hours)

MCTFT Coordinators: Gail Walker (727-344-8020)

This course is designed for law enforcement officers, investigators, analysts, tech agents, and prosecuting attorneys with limited or no prior experience in wiretap investigations. This course will highlight the effectiveness of using wiretaps to identify, document and successfully prosecute narcotics trafficking organizations and violent street gangs dealing in narcotics, as well as show their usefulness in homicide, robbery, kidnapping, fugitive and public corruption investigations. Students will receive in-depth instruction regarding the legal requirements of conducting a wiretap investigation, legal guidelines regarding what kind of conversations can be intercepted, sealing requirements, and a list of potential courts orders that will be needed in a wiretap investigation, developing a pre-wiretap investigative plan and strategy, drafting affidavits and all other electronic intercept orders needed in the investigation, the techniques and goals of the actual wiretap unique to gang investigations, the importance and functionality of spin wiretaps, and take-down day goals which further the prosecution of the entire organization.  Students will also be given practical instruction on drafting the actual intercept affidavit and order.

This course will include a detailed discussion on a variety of topics, including current intercept technologies, the pre-wiretap investigation needed to obtain an interception order, the actual wiretap investigation during the wire, and how to properly manage and run the wiretap room. Students will also be given information on specific reports that need to be generated, voice identification issues, and take down day considerations. Finally, this course will highlight for investigators and prosecutors the anticipated legal arguments and case agent testimony justifying the need for the interception order, extensions and spin wires.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a sufficient understanding of the laws, legal requirements and investigative techniques to enable the student to write a wiretap application
  • Understand the requirements for obtaining an interception order.
  • Learn how to subpoena historical phone records and Pen Registers
  • Learn how to obtain intercept orders for Trap and Trace on suspect’s communication devices
  • Learn the key fields of the wiretap application that MUST be satisfied before authorization can be approved
  • Understand the legal procedural review process the prosecutor and investigators must follow before having an order signed by a judge
  • Understand minimization issues relevant to the investigation concerning what can and cannot be legally monitored or intercepted
  • Understand how to effectively manage a wiretap room
  • Understand the various roles and responsibilities of all the parties involved in the investigation: prosecutor, case agent, wire room plant manager, monitors, surveillance team leaders, surveillance team members, tech agents and analysts
  • Understand the importance of coordinating the taped phone calls or information with the observations of the surveillance teams while the wiretap is active
  • Learn how to expand the scope of the investigation through wiretap extension orders and spin wires
  • Become familiar with the common defense attorney defenses and arguments in court, and the tactics used against investigators while testifying in court

Overview of topics:

  • Required sections of the wiretap application
  • The “Necessity Section”
  • Roving and Emergency Wiretaps
  • Technical aspects of interceptions
  • Analysts contributions to the investigation
  • Link Analysis using toll records, pen register and “Trap and Trace” information
  • Investigative techniques and case development
  • Consent Intercepts
  • Writing the affidavit and the application process
  • Organizing, managing and running the wire room and investigation
  • List of all potential court orders needed in an investigation
  • Progress reports
  • Extension orders and Spin wires
  • Take down day procedures and expectations
  • Disclosure and Use Orders
  • Sealing requirements
  • Court room arguments and testimony

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