Tom Avery has been
an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, CA, for over 10 years. Tom is currently assigned to the
Technology Crimes Unit. He is a Technology Crime trainer for the California Department of Justice. He is also a co-author
for a book entitled Homeland Security Principles, Planning and Procedures.
This text introduces
a broad, in-depth look at security planning and procedures. Students will learn to develop skills in interviewing and interrogation
techniques, intelligence gathering, surveillances, perimeter and crime scene security, criminal evidence preservation and
collection, and principles of crowd and riot control. Additional topics include threat assessment and response, and facility
security and vulnerabilities. This text also helps students develop skills in substance abuse recognition, theft, sabotage
and espionage. It also covers techniques for dealing with computer security, electronic criminal investigations, firewalls
and security software as well as crime prevention techniques. Additional topics include crime prevention, security access
control, and security force management.
This textbook is
appropriate for criminal justice, criminal investigation, and homeland security programs. It is also suited for programs in
emergency management, corporate security, psychology, emergency medical services and healthcare, police academy programs,
and continuing professional development.
This book is designed
to give the student an understanding of technology-based crimes as they apply to modern criminal acts such as identity theft,
extortion, intellectual property crimes, fraud, Internet pornography, and online gambling. Students will examine issues of
evidence involving crime scene management, chain of custody issues, accepted investigative practices, constitutional issues
and matters of jurisdiction. Also covers technical communication skills involving depositions, testimony and technical report
writing. The text also compares and contrasts the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal agencies responsible
for investigating technology-based crimes.
About the Orange County Sheriff’s
The history of Orange County goes back further
than the past 100 years and is a tribute to the adventurous spirit, personal drive and tremendous courage of the early explorers
and settlers who's vision and fortitude made cities where there were only dreams. In any society, there are always challenges,
but the pioneer men and women who forged Orange County out of a barren land had the courage to overcome the obstacles that
stood in their path.
It wasn’t until California became a state
in 1850 that formal law enforcement institutions, based on the common law of England, became established. Even then, Southern
California was a lawless society until the 1870s, plagued by rustlers, highwaymen, murderers, robbers and swindlers. Many
made their headquarters in Los Angeles, blatantly defying the law and its traditional keepers-sheriff, jailor, judge and jury.
Impromptu, poorly organized vigilante groups supplemented formal law enforcement officials, often taking the law into their
own hands, but even these groups were ineffective.
The growth of communities, the increase in the
number and proximity of small farms and the improvement of both education and communication systems finally brought lawlessness
under control. Each formal community had its marshal, its constable and its judge and when Orange County was formed in 1889,
its citizens had a sheriff, directly responsible to them, and a new set of institutions right in their own backyard.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department today
is a highly professional organization, which not only continues in its traditional role of crime suppression, but also has
expanded into the area of crime prevention. At the Orange County Sheriff’s Department you can see the spirit of adventure
and the same courage as the early settler had.
Orange County is a place where dreams have become