More Than 180 Officers Dial In on Cell Phone Use in Cyber Crime - - Jackson, MS

More Than 180 Officers Dial In on Cell Phone Use in Cyber Crimes

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force has joined 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. “With these advancements taking place, our ICAC task force is training this week in Natchez as part of a joint effort to update our federal and state officers on technical and legal issues in cell data investigations.”

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. 

Officers say 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. 

“We have to look at this training as an investment in our future," said Oxford Police Chief Joey East. "The age of people using cell phones is getting younger and with that comes the dangers of predators trying to make contact with them. This is an area where Law Enforcement cannot fall behind the curve, we must stay in front and lead the trend in education.”

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, July 20.

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