The Cyber Unit is a sub unit of Sex Crimes. Investigators who comprise the Cyber Unit excel at technology with its use, implementation and ultimately investigating its misuse. They receive specialized training including classes at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, Ga. Their training is aimed at forensically retrieving information from cellular devices, tablets and computers. The Sheriff’s Office has outfitted a sophisticated lab with an array of hardware and software solutions to enable investigators to forensically retrieve vital information in the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.
The Cyber Unit works closely with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Cyber Crime Unit and is an affiliate member of Louisiana’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The unit initiates and participates in ICAC Internet investigations involving all segments of child exploitation from those who would manufacture, distribute and download child pornography to investigations into the seedier corners of the ‘Dark Web’. The unit also responds to Cyber tips generated by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in conjunction with other local, State and Federal agencies.