The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is a member of Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and began in 2007 as a way to more effectively combat and investigate Internet related crimes, particularly those which are perpetrated against children. Service area includes all municipalities within Boone, Randolph, Audrain, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, and Howard Counties and is currently comprised of members from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Missouri University Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Both investigative and lab related resources are offered to law enforcement agencies for any form of criminal investigation within the designated service area, and the unit also handles original criminal complaints for which the alleged crime occurred through the use of the Internet or other electronic means. Lab related resources provided include the forensic analysis of any electronic media, including but not limited to computers, storage devices, and mobile electronics such as cell phones and computer tablets.
The primary goal of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force is to prevent victimization by cyber criminals and to instill preventive measures into members of the general public which may otherwise be susceptible to such crime. These methods include educational presentations, proactive investigations, and the use of specialized investigative techniques within reactive investigations which are more likely to result in securing evidence needed for the successful conviction of identified perpetrators.