Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force
Taking A "Byte" Out of Hi-Tech Crime
The Task Force was officially established on December 12, 1995. Within the first few months of operation, Yolo County District Attorney and the California Department of Justice joined the list of allied Task Force members. With Sacramento Sheriff's Department as the lead agency, the Task Force began operating under a Memorandum of Understanding and an Operating Agreement with various law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The Task Force has increased in size to include more than 30 agencies and over 66 employees. The Yolo County District Attorney's Office has an Investigator assigned to the Task Force.
The mission of the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force is multi-jurisdictional investigations; tracking and disruption of commerce involving stolen goods; and investigation and prosecution of those engaged and participating in white-collar crime, organized crime, crimes against persons, and fraud when high technology or identity theft is a factor.
Today, high technology crime continues to have a devastating impact on California's economic infrastructure and thriving high technology industry. The high technology industry is reportedly accountable for more than half of California's overall export sales and employs more than any other manufacturing sector in the state. In recent years, California has suffered losses in excess of $6 billion in revenue and approximately 20,000 technology sector jobs directly linked to high technology and computer-based crime. If allowed to go unchecked, high technology crimes will continue to have a devastating effect on all Californians as their effect ripples throughout our economy.
The task force approach to high technology crime suppression utilizes interagency coordination between multiple counties and recognizes that high technology crimes are unique to specific geographic regions and jurisdictions. Building upon this concept; that high technology crimes are complex and multi-jurisdictional in nature, the regional task force approach has proven advantageous over traditional criminal investigative methods.