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Special Investigations Division

Cyber Crimes Unit

The Attorney General's Special Investigations Division, which has jurisdiction throughout Arkansas, includes certified law enforcement officers committed to protecting Arkansas's children by investigating and arresting individuals who sexually exploit children online.

Forensic examiners in the Cyber Crimes Unit's state-of-the-art labratory utilize the latest equipment to keep pace with ever-changing technology. The Division works cooperatively with federal, State and local law enforcement agencies at every stage of investigations, arrests and convictions.

Sheriff's offices and police departments often assist the Cyber Crimes Unit executing search warrants or apprehending suspects. Attorneys with the office collaborate with prosecutors who pursue charges against criminals on behalf of the State.

The Division is a member of the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which conducts investigations regarding crimes involving children.

2015 at a Glance

  • 6 arrests
  • 332 years in prison
  • Assisted law enforcement agencies with 24 investigations

2016 at a Glance

  • Closed 9 cases
  • 7 arrests
  • 3 trials
  • 6 plea agreements
  • 466 years in prison
  • Assisted law enforcement agencies with 52 investigations and 7 arrests
  • 24 cybertip investigations
Report Crimes Against Children
  • Report child exploitation by calling the National Cyber Tip Line, (800) 843-5678, or visit CyberTipLine.com.
  • Report other internet-related crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • To report child abuse, call the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 482-5964.
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.

Metal Theft Prevention

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced a new initiative from the Special Investigations Division to combat metal theft, which has harmed Arkansas businesses, farms, schools, homes and churches, in July 2015.

The Metal Theft Prevention Program addresses the problem that too many scrapyards have not been following the law and thus, allowing criminals to get away with metal theft. This coordinated statewide effort trains law enforcement and scrapyard dealers. Agents in the Special Investigations Division inspect scrapyards to ensure non-precious metal is properly registered, and they issue citations for noncompliance.

2015 at a Glance

  • 16 Inspections
  • 92 Law enforcement personnel trained

2016 at a Glance

  • 113 Inspections
  • 2 Citations to recyclers
  • 140 Law enforcement personnel trained
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