Public Key Podcast

[CHAINALYSIS PODCAST EPISODE 18] Behind The Scenes of the Chainalysis State of Cryptocurrency Investigations Survey

Episode 18 of Public Key, the Chainalysis podcast, is here! In this episode, we talk with former police officer, Joe Saar (Training Specialist, Chainalysis)  as he takes us through the Public Sector Survey and how crypto is impacting law enforcement investigations.

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Public Key Episode 18 preview: Teaching police about crypto, the Challenges of confiscating Bitcoin, and Chainalysis Academy

Last month, the 2022 State of Cryptocurrency Investigations Survey was released. In this week’s episode, Joe Saar (Training Specialist) joins our host, Ian Andrews (Chainalysis CMO) to analyze the feedback we received. 

Calling back to his background in law enforcement, Saar explains how crypto crime is becoming more prevalent in police investigations than ever. He also speaks to the survey’s findings that criminal investigators need better tools and teachings to help detect illicit activity, secure search warrants and seize crypto assets. The episode is packed with great tips for investigators and old police stories you can’t miss.

Quote of the episode

“This is thematically common on this show.  Everybody that I asked this question to, they’re like “Yeah, I stumbled across it in some way. And I was way early and I tried to tell everyone around me how important crypto was gonna be, how relevant it was to what we’re working on. And generally the response is like laughter. ” – Ian Andrews (CMO, Chainalysis)

Minute-by-minute episode breakdown

  • (2:05) – Joe Saar’s origin story: kicking down doors with SWAT; fighting street-level human and drug traffickers; going to business school and discovering Bitcoin
  • (4:45) – Joe’s undercover operations as a Darknet Market Fentanyl Trafficker 
  • (7:05) – How Chainalysis’s Public Sector survey reveals untapped demand for law enforcement crypto training
  • (10:45) – Is Law Enforcement seeing an increase of crypto connected to their investigation?
  • (16:05) – The changing perspective of how Law Enforcement views crypto — from negative to accepting
  • (19:03) – How to effectively prepare a crypto case for subpoenas, search warrants and judges
  • (24:55) – The important of seizing cryptocurrency that was acquired illicitly 
  • (26:05) – How Chainalysis Academy takes investigators from zero to one in their crypto expertise

Related resources

Check out more resources provided by Chainalysis that complement this episode of the Public Key.

  • Website: Chainalysis Academy
  • Blog: Public Sector Survey Preview: Chainalysis 2022 State of Cryptocurrency Investigations
  • Report: The Chainalysis 2022 State of Cryptocurrency Investigations Survey
  • Book: American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • Report: The Chainalysis 2022 Crypto Crime Report

Speakers on today’s episode

  • Ian Andrews, Host (Chief Marketing Officer, Chainalysis) 
  • Joe Saar, Guest (Training Specialist, Chainalysis)

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