Special Investigations Division

Special Investigation DivisionThe certified law enforcement officers of the Attorney General's Special Investigations Division are committed to protecting Arkansas's children by investigating and arresting individuals who engage in the viewing, possession or distribution of Internet child pornography.

The officers in the Division comprise the Attorney General's Cyber Crimes Unit, which was created in 2011. Forensic examiners in the state-of-the-art forensic labratory utilize the latest computers and equipment to keep pace with the ever-changing technology employed by sexual predators.

The Cyber Crimes Unit's first arrest was of a man in the country illegally who had previously been deported after serving a prison sentence for attempted murder in Illinois. That man was sentenced to 80 years in prison following his arrest by the Attorney General's office.

The Special Investigations Division is a law enforcement unit that has jurisdiction throughout Arkansas. 

The Division works cooperatively with federal, State and local law enforcement agencies at every stage of an investigation and arrest. County sheriff's offices and municipal police departments often assist the Cyber Crimes Unit when executing search warrants or apprehending suspects. Attorneys with the office often collaborate with local elected prosecutors who pursue charges against criminals on behalf of the State.

Not only is the Special Investigations Division making a difference in the lives of children, the Division works alongside attorneys in the Attorney General's office to investigate matters on appeal and to serve documents. The Division also provides security for Attorney General's office employees.

The Division is a member of the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Members of Arkansas ICAC conduct investigations regarding crimes involving children that includes, but is not limited to, online activity or cell-phone use. The Task Force also provides education to parents, children and educators regarding safe online behavior. 

Resources

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, (800) 482-5964, or, in the event of an emergency, dial 911 or a local law enforcement agency.