By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
After covering the private investigator community of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region for half a decade, I will be moving on. February 29th will be my last day as the Denver Private Investigator Blogger. It has been an inspiration and an honor to serve the Colorado private detective community and legal investigator industry for over five years.
Whether your niche is defense Law and/or defense law investigations or process service you are a vital part of Colorado's legal industry and before I head into the wide blue yonder (more of an overcast snow grey yonder given the last week's Denver metro weather, I wanted my penultimate post to provide a list of training and legal investigation enrichment opportunities to get you through spring and summer 2020.
For starters, Mayor Michael Hancock will host three of the Central Park Five this Saturday, February 22nd at the Colorado Convention Center. Watching Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana interviewed by Denver's Mayor Hancock is a can't miss opportunity for anyone working in legal investigation and legal defense industry with an interest in systemic bias and social injustice. Especially if you watched and were moved by the award winning Netflix series, When They See Us.
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On Wednesday, March 4th 2020 at 6:00 PM, MST the Hilton Inverness at 200 Inverness Drive W, Englewood the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado (PPIAC) will host a training event titled, "Virtual Machines for PIs in OSINT Investigations" for Linux pros as well as Linux newbies wanting to learn more about open source intelligence. The instructors are from Digital Silence and you can learn more about the event as well as the PPIAC on their website. There will also be training and professional development events in early April.
Finally, if you're looking to sharpen you Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) smarts, the State of Colorado will be hosting free workshops through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) this summer and fall in the Denver, Pueblo and Grand Junction. Workshops will include crime scene photographing, crime scene diagramming, mechanics of injury (sharp force, blunt force), impression evidence (footwear, tire) and more. The training time will span a total of 24 hours. Visit the CBI website for more information.
JulBy Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger
Spring and digital forensic investigation is in the air. The annual Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado (PPIAC) conference takes place July 24th - July 26th at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs this year. The PPIAC annual training event will feature a workshop with Amber Schroader about smart phone and the apps that rule them and an advanced online investigation workshop with Cynthia Hetherington. Perhaps most intriguing to me personally, as I'm putting together my first podcast, is the Sheila Wysocki workshop titled, "Podcasting, the Next Investigative Tool."
An added bonus feature of the timing is that the training will overlap with July 24th so the event will kick off with a PI Day (Not to be mistaken for March 14, which is Pi day) celebration. The national holiday takes place annually on the birthday of Eugene Francois Vidocq, the very first Private Investigator who founded the first known detective agency in 1833.
You don't need to wait until summer to attend a PPIAC event, though. On Wednesday, June 5th you can attend a PPIAC training on what process service looks like from the attorney's point of view. This unique training opportunity takes place at 6:30 (arrive at 6:00 if you want to arrive in time for networking) at the Hilton Denver Inverness which is located at 200 Inverness Drive West in Englewood. Colorado process servers as well as private investigators and lawyers would have a lot to gain by attending.
If, after reading the last two posts, you are eager to delve more deeply into digital forensics, Chris Wells recommends the upcoming LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium that takes place October 7th through 11th in Denver
See also: Colorado digital evidence consultant Chris Wells
If you're sure whether or not you/re ready for the deep dive, the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts and Media has a National Center for Media Forensics. It was created, in part, by the Department of Justice including the National Institute of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance and offers training courses as well as a graduate program.
As far as summer reading recommendations go, Colorado Public Radio host, Ryan Warner will be doing a live Q&A with Colorado writer Peter Heller at the Avalon Theater on June 20th. They will discuss Heller's new wilderness survival thriller and mystery, The River. The event takes place in Grand Junction and is a great opportunity for private investigators on Colorado's Western slope.
The new Denver Private Investigator Blog Instagram will also be sharing books about investigation and litigation throughout the summer so be sure to subscribe by clicking the Instagram feed and icon on the website. You can also check out the first set of books we recommended by going here.
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