Welcome to the Rockland County Sheriff's Computer Crime Task Force. The Computer
Crime Task Force is a joint law-enforcement effort of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office.

 Mission

The Rockland County Sheriff’s Computer Crimes Task Force is dedicated to the protection of life and property, and the reduction of crime.

Our mission is accomplished by providing a safer on-line environment through enforcement, and by educating our citizens.

 

 


History

 

The Rockland County Sheriff's Computer Crime Task Force was developed through the cooperation of the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and the Rockland County District Attorney's Office, and launched in June of 2000. The Task Force works in conjunction with the United States Secret Service New York Electronic Crimes Task Force and the F.B.I.

Members of the Task Force have conducted proactive and reactive investigations that have proven to be effective in the identification and apprehension of many online predators who target juveniles as their victims.

Online business fraud, proprietary information theft, identity theft, credit card fraud and computer intrusion (hacking) are also areas where the Task Force has been effective.

The Computer Crime Task Force detectives provide expert technical and investigative support to police agencies throughout the region. When called to assist, the Task Force can provide high-tech expertise ranging from search warrant applications to forensic examinations.  Training is also provided to law enforcement personnel on topics ranging from online proactive investigative techniques to the proper seizure and preservation of electronic evidence.

The success of any investigative unit is dependent upon the cooperation it receives from the public.

Alicia Kozakiewicz, 19, testified at the Judiciary Committee about surviving, and transcending, her own experience as a child victim of an Internet predator. Alicia is now a college student pursuing a career in law enforcement to help children.
Civilian tips are what open  the door for investigations that might otherwise go unnoticed.
A Cyber-Tip page has been established for anyone who wishes to report a computer-related crime. To offer information about a possible crime click here or on the link on the left of this page. Your identity will be kept confidential, however you must provide a name and contact number in order for our detectives to pursue an investigation.
  


Task Force Profile

     In June of 2000 the Rockland County Sheriff's Computer Crime Task Force was formed through the partnership of the Sheriff and District Attorney.

    Sheriff James F. Kralik and District Attorney Michael E. Bongiorno realized that the increased use of computers for e-commerce, e-mail and entertainment would soon lead to an increase of computer-related crime.  The same time-saving benefits that a computer provides to the law-abiding citizen provides the same advantage to those intent on doing you harm either financially or physically.

    The Computer Crime Task Force is comprised of veteran detectives and computer forensic investigators from the Rockland County Sheriff's Office and The Rockland County District Attorney's Office. The Task Force personnel represent a wide range of law-enforcement and computer forensic experience. The Task Force works closely with all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies both in Rockland and across the nation on all types of computer related investigations. The Task Force often works jointly with law enforcment agencies nationally and internationally as well as the U.S. Secret Service, F.B.I. and United States Attorney's Office.

    The Task Force operates under the direction of Det. Lt. John J. Gould of the Rockland County District Attorney's Office. Det. Lt.pc3.gif (26647 bytes) Gould brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience to the Computer Crime Task ForceIn 2001 the Task Force was awarded a grant for training and equipment under the pilot project Satellite Investigative Initiative from the U.S. Department of Justice through the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) initiative.  The Task Force works in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service New York Electronic Crimes Task Force (USSSNYECTF). The Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's Office are members of the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) which provides additional training in the area of Computer Crime Investigation, Identity Theft, Fraud, and Cyberterrorism.

    Internet safety and online child pornography cases have made up the bulk of the investigations to date. Significant arrests haveincluded child predators that include a US Air Force staff sergeant, now serving 40 years in a military prison. Other individuals arrested by the Task Force as child predators include an emergency medical service officer, a Boy Scout administrator, a Teacher, a Certified Public Accountant, a computer specialist and numerous business professionals. Many cases are investigated jointly with the United States Secret Service and the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force due to jurisdictional issues as well as the severity of the federal penalties

    Identity theft and credit card fraud is becoming more prevalent and there has been an increase in cases reported as more people go to the internet for commerce. Please read our suggestions for safeguarding your indentity while online.

    Forensic investigations of computer intrusion cases are also on the rise. Proprietary business information is a high priced commodity in today's very competitive high-tech society.

The Rockland County Sheriff's Computer Crime Task Force exists to offer assistance and expertise in all areas involving the use of computers to other law enforcement agencies, the business community, schools and families.