High Tech Crimes Investigation Changes

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — An effort to save money is being cited as the driving force behind the closure of the office of the Southern Oregon High Tech Crimes Task Force. The City of Central Point Police Department  says it recently decided that things could be improved by “transitioning away from the current lab-based service … Continue reading »

Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 2

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Detective Mike Vanderlip pours through maps of Southern Oregon from his small corner above central point’s police department. The interactive map on his computer is crowded with pins, each one corresponding to a report of a child victim of online sexual abuse. “People believe that somehow these events, the abuse, are … Continue reading »

Inside High-Tech Crimes, Part 1

ASHLAND, Ore. – An otherwise quiet morning at an Ashland apartment complex is interrupted by the unusual sight of a search warrant being carried out. Seven officers wait outside, representing local law enforcement, FBI, the Department of Justice, and Homeland Security. “We go out and we search for those who are trading child pornography, those … Continue reading »