Top Social Media Investigator

Photo of the blog author By Kevin Masterman,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6:03 a.m. April 7, 2017

A Toronto investigator was recognized for his use of social media to help solve crime.

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Detective Constable Nathan Dayler

Detective Constable Nathan Dayler (@TPSDayler), a member of Intelligence Services Computer Cyber Crime (C3) Section, was given the Connected Cops Social Media Investigator Award at the SMILE (Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement) Conference in Long Beach, California, April 3.

He uses social media, daily, as part of his work providing online investigative support to all members of the Toronto Police Service. This award is given to the law enforcement investigator at any law enforcement agency who, as a practitioner, has used social media successfully to solve crime.

“Everyone nominated has done some amazing work and continue to develop and create new ways of investigating cyber-crimes in an ever-growing, ever-changing, rapidly increasing connected world,” Dayler said, in a video address after his award was presented.

“Social media investigations isn’t a regional issue, it’s a national and international challenge that we’re all involved in. Being able to leverage and communicate and have the connections is essential to doing the best we can at delivering our message and investigating cyber offences. For everyone’s collective successes and hardships we can only get better at what we do.”

Corporate Communications Social Media Officer Scott Mills nominated Dayler for the award because of his extensive experience.

“Nathan is a sought-after investigator for online investigations in homicide cases, sexual assaults and public-order management,” Mills said.

Dayler has been a Toronto officer since 2002, starting in 14 Division and later working in Sex Crimes, assigned to the Special Victims Section, actively investigating allegations into sexual assaults committed against sex-trade workers and human trafficking and later working with the Child Exploitation section. He then worked in the Emergency Management and Public Order Crowd Section.

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