The Independence Police Department has requested and received a $275,866.08 Multi-Jurisdictional Cyber Crime Grant, funded through the ARRA. This funding is for the Northeastern Jackson County Cyber Crimes Working Group to actively pursue individuals that are trying to entice children through the internet, and/or possess and promote child pornography.
This Working Group was established and is lead by the Independence Police Department and includes the cities of Sugar Creek and Buckner. These agencies have teamed up to support the overall mission of identifying and assisting victims of cyber crimes and child exploitation, and identifying, apprehending and prosecuting the perpetrators involved in these serious crimes.
Grant funding will allow us to seek additional training for seven detectives on internet investigations, and provide overtime funding for those seven detectives to conduct actual on-line investigations plus follow-up investigations. In addition, the grant will provide funds to purchase computer equipment, software and supplies that will allow the detectives to conduct on-line investigations in a covert/undercover status, rather than relying on other agencies to provide that assistance. Our detectives can then conduct on-line chats in an attempt to make contacts with and locate possible predators.
The grant will also provide funding for one Independence detective to be assigned full-time to the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) as a forensic examiner. The RCFL is a full service forensics laboratory and training center for criminal investigations into crimes such as (but not limited to) child pornography and internet crime. This Independence detective will conduct forensic examinations and analysis of digital evidence, provide on-site technical guidance to others involved in field investigations, and prepare comprehensive reports to detail findings and exam procedures.
Staff Contact: Major Ken Jarnagin, (816) 325-7334