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The following distance learning courses are offered by Associates in Forensic Investigations, LLC in partnership with the S2 Safety & Intelligence Institute. These courses are specifically geared for the busy working professional who doesn't have the time to travel or the time to sit in a classroom all day. For budget-conscious organizations, our online courses also offer a cost-effective way to train personnel without incurring travel expenses or lost productivity due to training time.

All of our distance learning courses are presented through the S2 Online Academy's virtual classroom system. While other online training systems limit the learning experience to reading course material and listening to audio lectures, the S2 virtual classroom system uses Macromedia Flash-driven slides and streaming video of mastered instructor presentations to provide a dynamic learning environment unequaled by anything short of a live classroom.

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Anti-Terrorism Officer Program The distance learning version of the S2 Anti-Terrorism Officer (ATO) Program is designed to prepare frontline security and police officers for deployment in environments where terrorism is a critical threat. This program provides an exploration of contemporary terrorist methods and basic anti-terrorism skills and knowledge that all officers should possess.

Defense Against Hazardous Mailings Postal bombs, contaminated mailings, and even postal devices designed to activate firearms ammunition have all been used to target VIPs, employees, and even ordinary citizens. To mitigate this threat, all organizations at risk should have a protocol for intercepting and safely responding to hazardous mail situations. In this distance learning course, S2 terrorism expert Craig Gundry explores the risks of hazardous mailings and appropriate countermeasures for mail-related threats.

Entry Point Screening As demonstrated in numerous attacks worldwide, terrorists have been continuously developing and refining tactics for delivering hazardous devices through facility entry points. Even the best designed access control system can fail if the procedures used by security personnel are ineffective in addressing the spectrum of deceptive and covert techniques used by terrorists to penetrate entry points. In this distance learning course, force protection expert Craig Gundry unravels the methods used by terrorists and provides effective guidelines for screening and searching people and vehicles at access control stations.

Chem-Bio Terrorism for Security Professionals This distance learning course explores the threat of chemical and biological terrorism as it specifically applies to security professionals. In this seven-hour program, anti-terrorism expert Craig Gundry provides a detailed examination of the threat, possible facility attack scenarios, and measures for preventing and responding to chemical and biological attacks in a workplace environment.

Attack at Jedawal On the night of 12 May 2003, three housing compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were struck simultaneously by Al-Qaeda in a wave of bombings and armed assaults that echoed throughout the Kingdom. In this riveting two-hour distance learning program, consequence management expert Wally Braden provides a detailed look at Al-Qaeda operations in Saudi Arabia and describes the successes and failures of security and crisis management that influenced the outcome of these events. As a survivor of one of the 12 May attacks, the Al-Jedawal Compound Bombing, Mr. Braden provides valuable advice and a rare inside perspective that can only be spoken by "one who was there."

Defense Against Anti-Vehicle Explosive Attacks Over the past two decades, explosive attacks against motorcades have emerged as some of the most popular methods of assassination worldwide. Terrorists and armed insurgent groups in many parts of the world have also been increasingly adopting these tactics as a safe and effective means of targeting military personnel, supply convoys, and various civilian targets. In this three-hour distance learning course, bomb security expert Craig Gundry explores the threat of anti-vehicle explosive attacks and various proactive and mitigative countermeasures for reducing these risks. This is a 'must' program for any individual engaged in executive protection or the security of convoys and mobile assets in hostile environments.

Assessing Terrorism Related Risk This distance learning course is designed to provide security and public safety professionals with a functional understanding of risk management principles and aid in developing effective methodologies for evaluating terrorism-related risk. This program introduces the various types of terrorism-related risk and walks the students through the process of conducting a qualitative risk assessment. Exercises are used extensively in this program to aid students in understanding the process of risk assessment and how to apply risk management principles in anti-terrorism and security planning.

Dynamics of Jihadist Kidnapping In recent years, Islamist terrorist groups worldwide have discovered kidnapping as a highly effective tool for financing their operations and pressuring target governments into conceding to their demands. Furthermore, in locations such as Iraq and Saudi Arabia, graphic video executions of kidnap victims have been used as powerful psychological weapons against expatriate Westerners and the public. In this three-hour distance learning course, former Iraq Hostage Working Group Coordinator Daniel O'Shea explores this growing problem of jihadist kidnappings, kidnapping prevention, and advice for surviving kidnapping situations.

Suicide Terrorism Since the early 1980s, the use of suicide terrorist tactics has expanded far beyond the Middle-East and Sri Lanka into a global phenomenon. In this five-hour course, Israeli terrorism expert Howard Linett explores the tactical and strategic dimensions of suicide terrorism and approaches for minimizing the risk from security and public safety perspectives.

Terrorist Tactics: Israel & Palestine In this six-hour distance learning course, Israeli terrorism expert Howard Linett provides a detailed examination of the methods used by terrorists in Israel and Palestine, tactics internationally exported to other terrorist groups, and techniques pioneered by Israeli authorities and private security to combat terrorism.

Principles of Private Investigations Course The S2 Principles of Private Investigations Course is designed to prepare students for employment in the field of private investigations. In this 32-hour distance learning course, students are provided with a detailed examination of investigative subjects including ethics, investigations law, background investigations, public and private records searches, interviewing techniques, report writing, surveillance, locating people, trial preparation, and more. This course is recommended for new private investigations students located outside of Florida in addition to licensed private investigators seeking to improve their existing knowledge and skills. This course includes many of the same lessons as the Florida Private Investigator Intern Program, but narrows the focus of subjects to private investigations only and excludes lessons that largely focus on Florida Law. As an S2 professional development program, students enrolling in the Principles of Private Investigations Course do not have to apply as Career Education Program students. Students that seek licensure as Private Investigator Interns in the State of Florida should enroll in the Florida Private Investigator Intern Program. We strongly recommend that students located in states other than Florida should consult their state laws for any unique training and licensing requirements before enrolling in this course.

Legal Aspects of Private Investigations For most new and experienced private investigators, critical mistakes are rarely the result of poor investigative skills and techniques. Rather, in many instances, the most critical mistakes result by failing to fully understand the law as it relates to case matters and the lawful conduct of investigations. In this 8-hour distance learning course, expert private investigators and authors Rory McMahon and Ron Azzarello explore the various dimensions of law and private investigations and shed light on many issues of criminal and civil law that have been historically problematic for private investigators.

Sources of Information for Private Investigators In this seven-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator and author Rory McMahon surveys the wide range of information sources available to private investigators and various methods for accessing information. In addition to exploring techniques for collecting information from various sources, Mr. McMahon also provides critical guidance on a number of practical issues such as case management and planning, structuring background investigations, due diligence investigations, unique approaches to locating missing people, etc.

Interviewing Techniques and Truth Verification In this five-hour distance learning course, veteran PI and author Rory McMahon explores the art of interviewing and various strategies and techniques for conducting successful interviews in support of investigations. In addition to techniques for conducting interviews and recording statements, this course also provides guidelines for documenting interviews and report writing.

Principles of Undercover Work Few assignments in criminal and private investigations are as dangerous and challenging as undercover work. The key to success in undercover work is preparation, mindset, and forseeing traps of circumstance. Even a simple mistake in one of these three key areas can turn the most successful operation into a disaster. In this two-hour distance learning program, former undercover operative Sam Hall presents practical real-world advice on planning and executing undercover investigations based on his years of experience as an undercover FBI cut-out and work with the CIA.

Introduction to Handwriting Analysis Handwriting Analysis ("Graphology") can expose many traits and characteristics that make up the personality of a writer. This insightful distance learning program is designed to provide security and public safety professionals with a foundation for understanding graphology. Through multimedia, case studies and hands-on analysis of actual writings, participants in this program will learn how to spot loyalty, trustworthiness, and initiative as well as signs of addiction, abuse, stress, and much more.

Covert Surveillance for Private Investigators In the S2 Covert Surveillance for Private Investigators course, veteran PI Ron Azarello and S2 Staff Instructor Craig Gundry survey the strategies, tactics, and technology available for use in conducting surveillance operations in private investigations. Although the core of this course is focused on surveillance technique and technology, considerable attention is also devoted to important parallel topics such as legal issues, teamwork, report writing, and more.

Florida Statutes for Private Investigators In the State of Florida, an individual seeking licensure as a private investigator must possess a minimum of two years of full-time investigations experience (or 4000 documented hours*) in addition to successful completion of a 100 question examination on Florida State Statutes influencing the business practices of the private investigations industry. The three-hour Florida Statutes for Private Investigators course is designed to provide experienced license applicants with a detailed survey of Florida Chapter 493 and other Florida State laws influencing licensing and business practices of private investigators.

Ethics and Private Investigations In this two-hour distance learning course, veteran private investigator Rory McMahon discusses the ethical dimensions of private investigations and provides advice for establishing good ethical practices in business and professional activities.

Advanced Patrol & Officer Survival As one of the nation's leading experts on officer homicide, Criminologist James Davis provides students of this compelling distance learning course with important advice and tips for managing the dangers of police patrol and response.

Crisis Negotiations for First Responders In many hostage and suicide threat situations, the urgency of the crisis requires that first responding police or security personnel initiate and maintain dialogue until the arrival of professional negotiators. In the face of an emotionally-escalated crisis, one wrong statement can easily turn a dangerous situation into tragedy. In this 2-hour distance learning course, former hostage negotiator and FBI Unit Chief Vince McNally provides frontline police and security personnel with critical guidelines and advice for managing initial communications in crisis situations.

Critical Incident Management For over two decades, Criminologist James Davis has trained thousands of police officers in high risk patrol and response to critical incidents. In this 5-hour distance learning course, Mr. Davis explores the challenges of critical incidents and provides effective strategies and tactics for managing complex situations such as barricaded suspects, hostage takings, and more.

Human Trafficking Investigation According to authorities, between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked each year between nations against their will for purposes of sexual exploitation or slave labor. This estimate doesn’t include the millions of others trafficked within their own countries. Despite its international nature, human trafficking is not just a problem for Interpol and federal level law enforcement, but local agencies as well. Victims of human trafficking can be encountered almost anywhere in the world, from child armies in West Africa to massage parlors in small town America. In this five-hour online program, criminologist Tony Attanasio explores the problem of contemporary human trafficking, legal aspects of human trafficking, working with victims, and unique considerations for investigation of human trafficking activities.

Living Large Sam Hall is one of truly a rare breed. In one lifetime, Sam has earned more titles than anyone we have ever met at S2: Olympic Silver Medalist, Air Force officer, FBI deep cover cutout, member of the Ohio House of Representatives, author, Adjunct Professor, mountain climber, humanitarian, real estate mogul, recovered drug addict, counter-terrorist-turned freedom fighter, and captured U.S. spy. In this compelling two-hour presentation, adventurer and author Sam Hall uses his rich life story to provide valuable advice on survival in dangerous environments, mission readiness, mental fitness, leadership, and above all else, accomplishing greatness.

Bomb Security for Executive Protection The S2 Bomb Countermeasures for Executive Protection distance learning course provides students with essential skills for protecting individual principals against assassination by the use of explosives. In this 12-hour advanced-level course, anti-terrorism expert Craig Gundry explores IED technology, explosive assassination methods used by professional adversaries, and measures for preventing, detecting, and mitigating explosive attacks.

Bomb Threat Management Bomb threats persist as the most common bomb-related problem encountered by organizations worldwide. In this two-hour distance learning course, bomb security expert Craig Gundry explores the procedures and options for managing bomb threats, evacuations, searching facilities for explosive devices, and responding to a suspicious object.

Chem-Bio Weapons Inspection Technology This course provides a description of the field inspection technology used by weapons inspectors during the 2003 UNMOVIC mission in Iraq. This lesson also provides future weapons inspectors and EOD experts with advice on best utilization of various technologies based on the experience of the UNMOVIC team.