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Electronic Crimes Unit

The Electronic Crimes Unit was formed in the spring of 2000. It was the first such unit in Northwest Missouri. The Electronic Crimes Unit (ECU) is responsible for the processing of electronic evidence with respect to computers, mobile phones, and video surveillance.

The ECU has grown each year since its inception. Most cases submitted for forensic examination are from the St. Joseph Police Department; however, nearby agencies also submit cases and requests for computer support. A sample of historical cases submitted to the ECU include: murder, robbery, theft, embezzlement, child pornography, harassment and stalking to name a few. As the world revolves around new technology, so does the ECU. The ECU must remain technically sound with training as well as equipment.

The ECU performs three separate forensic operations:
  • Computers and related digital evidence
  • Mobile phones and PDA's
  • Videos (both analog and digital)

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To report internet crimes visit:
IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the person who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complainant.

The Congressionally mandated CyberTipline is a reporting mechanism for cases of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, online enticement of children for sex acts, molestation of children outside the family, sex tourism of children, child victims of prostitution, and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child. Reports may be made 24 hours per day, 7 days per week online at or by calling 1-800-843-5678.

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