The Special Investigations Department, 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 laboratory utilize the latest equipment to keep pace with ever-changing technology. The Special Investigations Department, which is a member of the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, 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. Department attorneys collaborate with prosecutors who pursue charges against criminals on behalf of the State.
REPORT CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN
- In the event of an emergency, call 911 or a local law enforcement agency.
- Report child exploitation by calling the National Cyber Tip Line at (800) 843-5678 or CyberTipLine.com.
- To report child abuse, call the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline at (800) 482-5964. You may also want to contact the nearest Children’s Advocacy Center. More information can be found on the Arkansas Department of Human Services Child Protective Services page.
- Report other internet-related crimes to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. See current internet trends and schemes identified by IC3.
Metal Theft Prevention Program
In 2015, Attorney General Rutledge created the Metal Theft Prevention Program to address the problem that too many scrapyards have not been following the law and thus, allowing criminals to get away with metal theft that harmed Arkansas businesses, farms, schools, homes and churches.
This coordinated statewide effort trains law enforcement and scrapyard dealers. Agents inspect scrapyards to ensure non-precious metal is properly registered, and they issue citations for noncompliance.