AG Jim Hood task force to combat cyber crimes - - Jackson, MS

AG Jim Hood task force to combat cyber crimes

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force joins with partners from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, of the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Oxford Police Department, the Biloxi Police Department, the Adam’s County Sheriff’s Office and the Waveland Police Department to train more than 180 officers on techniques to address the increased usage of cell phones in crimes against children.

“Technology advances rapidly, and cell phones are found in practically every investigation of a crime against a child,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.

Among the topics to be covered are: the investigatory use of phone apps, GPS, cell phone tower data retrieval, social media, child witness interviews and a legal update on Fourteenth Amendment search and seizure of cell phone data in crimes against children investigations and prosecutions.

Instructors of the sessions are Special Assistant Attorney General Jean Smith Vaughan, Attorney General Investigators Charlie Rubisoff and Jay Houston and ICAC Affiliate Waveland’s Chief of Police, David Allen.

“We are honored to partner with the Attorney General’s Office and other local departments on training officers on cell phone usage in cyber crimes. It is imperative that local law enforcement agencies perform ongoing training to keep up with advances in technology and educate as many officers as possible,” said Oxford Chief of Police Joey East.

The task force recently conducted two previous training sessions concerning cell phone usage in cyber crimes in Oxford and Biloxi.

The same training was provided to approximately 40 School Resource Officers on Monday.

The Attorney General’s Office formed the Internet Crimes Against Children task force in 2007 with the ICAC Continuation Grant issued by the Department of Justice.

The task force is dedicated to proactive and reactive investigations, the forensic analysis of electronic evidence, prosecutions of technological crimes against children and the education of law enforcement and the public.

The unit now has over 60 local, state and federal law enforcement affiliate agencies and multi-disciplinary partners.

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