The Cyber Crimes Unit was started in July of 2009 with the primary function of investigating child pornography on the internet. It is a member of the Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force run by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office High Tech Crime Unit. The Cyber Crimes unit is growing in both capabilities and responsibility and is now responsible for investigating computer crimes and running a computer forensics laboratory.
The Cyber Crimes Unit also works cases requiring other computer-related investigation such as online auction fraud, computer intrusion, death investigations, domestic violence, economic fraud including online fraud and counterfeiting, email threats, theft of intellectual property, harassment, cyber stalking, extortion, identity theft, narcotics, software piracy, and telecommunications fraud.
The Cyber Crimes Unit will also assist on gleaning intelligence as to other possible criminal activities obtained over the open internet, such as drug activity, attempts to contribute to the delinquency of juveniles, or even planned school violence.
Community Outreach & Public Awareness
The Cyber Crimes Unit also conducts community outreach and public awareness programs by giving presentations to public and private schools, parent-teacher associations, educator groups, victim advocacy groups, and civic organizations such and Kiwanis, Rotary, and Lions clubs.