Computer crimes are those crimes in which a computer is used as an instrument in committing, or assisting in the commission of a crime, or in which the computer is the target of a criminal act. With the advent of the Internet, the law enforcement community has witnessed a sharp increase in the occurrence of computer-related crimes, particularly those surrounding identity theft, copyright infringement, cyberterrorism, child pornography, and child enticement.
The Kansas City Police Department Computer Crimes Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional entity designed primarily to assist law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the region with the investigation and prosecution of computer crimes. Annually, the regional task force examines more than 17,000 pieces of computer equipment and processes more than 600 criminal cases.
The focus of the task force is to provide quality training and serve as a forensic, investigative, and legal resource for the law enforcement community in the region. The task force endeavors to provide the necessary resources to conduct forensic computer searches and evidence recovery, using trained and certified forensic examiners. The task force also encourages, promotes, and aids in the voluntary interchange of data, information, and knowledge about methods and techniques related to computer crime investigations, both among its membership and within the greater law enforcement community.