The St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force has been fully operational since August 2001. The unit serves St. Charles, Lincoln, Marion, Franklin, Pike, Ralls and Warren counties including the municipalities within each county. It is staffed by personnel from the St. Charles County Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, and the O'Fallon, St. Peters, St. Charles City and Wentzville Police Departments.
The Cyber Crime Task Force lab conducts forensic analysis of media suspected to contain evidence of a variety of possible forms of criminal activity. The average case contains numerous computers, cell phones or other forms of media to be examined, and takes approximately 42 hours to analyze. This time does not include report writing and court preparation. The Task Force also conducts active investigations into illegal activity of individuals who prey on children via the internet.
The St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force conducts investigations and assists other agencies. In addition to the cases reported directly to the Cyber Crime Task Force in the standard course of business, we receive numerous referrals from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in regard to internet thefts occurring in St. Charles County. Additional cases are appearing from the participation with the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MO ICAC). The Task Force works in conjunction with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help identify victims and investigate cyber crimes related to children. It is also a member of the U.S. Secret Service Gateway Electronic Crimes Task Force, the Community Sex Offender Management Action Task Force (CSMAT) and the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF).