Cellular Technology and Forensics (CTF) Certification, CIPTC, Peoria

Cellular Technology and Forensics (CTF) Certification, CIPTC, Peoria

10-28-2024 8:00 AM - 11-01-2024 5:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center Poplar Hall P101
Phone: 309-690-7355
Address: 5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA
5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614, USA


Brian Fengel, Director

Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan: jswan@icc.edu

Heather Grove: hgrove@icc.edu

Cellular Technology and Forensics (CTF) Certification

Instructor: Glen Bard

October 28 – November 1, 2024

 8am – 5pm October 28-October 31, 2024

8am – 12pm November 1, 2024

Class will meet at: CIPTC, ICC Peoria Campus, Poplar, 5407 N. University, Poplar P101, Peoria

Enrollment Deadline:  October 21, 2024

Course Size:  Maximum – 50

Note It is highly recommended, yet not required, for students to bring a PC based laptop computer. A large portion of this class is hands on and anyone without a laptop may not be able to participate in the hands-on exercises.

This class is a hands-on course introducing the attendee to the various different types of evidence involving cellular devices. The course starts by explaining the various different types of cellular networks and device operating systems. The students will then begin to conduct forensic examinations on the device by using software to extract and analyze the data stored on the device. The student will then be instructed on how to obtain and analyze the cellular records, and ultimately compare the cellular records to the data extracted from the devices. Next the student will learn how to map the location-based information supplied in the cellular records. Lastly, the attendees will be instructed on how to create a forensic report and prepare to testify to their findings.


Forensic Cell Phone Data Recovery The primary objectives of this section are to familiarize the law enforcement officer and investigator with different cell phone data recovery solutions and practical techniques used in cell phone data analysis.

Primary Topics Covered in this section include:

Different Types of Cell Phones:

Cover CDMA, GSM, LTE, VOLTE, 5GE and cellular phones and the differences,

Discuss which companies use which type of technology,

Discuss the new smart phones, such as the iPhone and Android and Using the internet to determine the wireless carrier for a cell phone.

Cell Phone Forensics Utilities:

Demonstrate and allow for hands on application of several types of software and hardware to examine the contents of the phones for each type of cell phone technology. (i.e., iOS, Android and feature phones.) Many types of utilities will be covered ranging from free software to expensive forensic software packages.

Cell Phone Seizure:

We will discuss the proper steps to seizing and storing a cell phone so that the data is protected.

Cell Phone Resources on the Internet:

In this block we will discuss and explore many websites that focus on cell phone forensics.

Wireless Carriers:

We will learn what type of information we can obtain from the wireless carrier that may help our examination easier and more effective.

Legal Block and Case Law: How to prepare a proper search warrant for the data stored on a cell phone, and current case law pertaining to cellular technology.


Cell Phone Technology

The purpose of this section is to expose the attendee to proficient and effective investigations utilizing available databases and cellular usage records. The attendee will be trained on proven effective techniques to enhance their criminal investigation. Everyone has heard about the prevalence of cell phones in criminal investigations. This technology exists and is currently being utilized across the United States to convict thousands of criminals. From homicides, fraud investigations, assaults to aggravated kidnappings, this course will demonstrate the basic concepts and methods to utilizing cellular records to prosecute criminals. This course is specifically designed for police officers, investigators, fire investigators, detectives, criminal investigation personnel, special investigation units or any other individual to increase their knowledge and effectiveness in the recognition, use and display of information derived from background research and cellular data records.

Primary Topics Include:

  • Types of cellular records available as a law enforcement official
  • Methods to acquire cellular records
  • Understanding cellular records
  • Proven ways to display cellular records in a court of law
  • Understanding the usage and manner in cellular tower records
  • Software solutions that effectively display cellular records


CTF Certification Details

The PATCtech CTF Certification is a one-of-a-kind certification for law enforcement, private investigators, SIU’s and computer specialists. CTF training and testing validates a user’s ability to use cell phone records and cell phone forensic technologies in any type of investigation.

The PATCtech CTF Certification is valid for two (2) years beyond the completion date of your most recent CTF qualified training.


CTF Certification Testing Test Based on the Cell Phone Technology and Forensic Data Recovery Content Covered During This Class. Details on testing procedures will be given during class. Training and successful completion of certification testing qualifies for CTF Certification and/or re-certification.

About the Instructor:

Glenn Bard is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper First Class and a U.S. Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 Glenn began Computer Crime Investigations for the Pennsylvania State Police and has since investigated crimes across the United States ranging from Child Pornography to Criminal Homicide. Glenn has also conducted forensic examinations for City, State and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies including the FBI, US Postal Inspectors, and I.C.E., as well as Foreign Governments. Glenn has been certified as an expert in numerous states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States Federal Court System in the areas of Digital
Forensics, Cellular Technology and Computer Technology. He has been a speaker for organizations of all sizes and types, both public and private, to include the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, World Security Congress, and hundreds of law enforcement agencies, law firms and universities. Several of the cases Glenn has worked have received National coverage, to include Fox News, Dateline, the Associated Press, Yahoo!, the New York Times, and many more. Glenn has received numerous awards during his military and police career, including Honorable Discharges from both the United States Army and the Pennsylvania State Police.
He developed, created and implemented certifications for two forensic software companies used by agencies around the world. Glenn is the Chief Technical Officer for PATCtech, overseeing all Digital Forensic and Data Services. Glenn has acted as technical consultant and/or
personally developed Computer Forensic Programs at multiple Colleges, to include Westmoreland County Community College where he was a Faculty Instructor prior to retiring.

Mobile In-Service Training Team # 7 Illinois Enforcement Training and Standards Board

MTU #7 request for certification of this course has been approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board

Meets the following mandatory training criteria: TBA

Cellular Technology and Forensics (CTF) Certification, CIPTC, Peoria