Organized crime often spans multiple jurisdictions and multiple crime types, and while it may initially present as “small time” or petty crime, this is typically over-arched by larger-scale, and more violent or far-reaching organized criminal intentions and behavior.

While the trafficking of drugs and weapons represents the largest global problem, the procurement and trade of other items such as ivory, timber, precious metals and stones, and counterfeit products, also significantly contribute to this $870 billion dollar a year transnational issue.

Commonly entrenched within organized crime networks are gangs. According to the FBI website, the United States is home to approximately 33,000 gangs, comprised of 1.4 million members. Gang members are known to use social networks to recruit new members, provoke and threaten rivals, and boast about their activities.

In September 2012, 49 gang members in Brooklyn, New York were arrested following an extensive police investigation using social media sources, during which a number of Facebook postings revealed the threatening and boastful communications of two rival gangs, including details of murders they had each already committed.

With detailed and practical instruction by experienced investigators, our Organized Crime Investigations training courses provide participants with the skills, tools and techniques required for effective online research and investigations into all levels of organized crime activity, including linking people, places and things, tracing assets, and identifying future at-risk targets.

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