TPD's Cyber Crimes Unit Focuses On Protecting Kids - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

News: Crime

TPD's Cyber Crimes Unit Focuses On Protecting Kids

Posted: Updated:
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The Tulsa Police Department's cyber crimes unit is busier than ever, but they can't possibly investigate all computer crimes, so they focus on protecting children.

If you've been scammed by someone online or your computer has been hacked or you're the victim of revenge porn, which is when your ex posts your nude pictures on a porn website, don't call cyber crimes.

The unit only has four detectives in a city of 400,000 so they have to decide which cases are a priority. Most scam and hacking cases are committed by people in other countries, and with revenge porn, there's just no way for them to track down every picture.

"What if your significant other shared it with 50 people? You can't find all 50 people who saved it and sent it out, it's just impossible," said Sgt. Jeremy Noland with TPD Cyber Crimes.

So, it's like triage in a hospital. Even though all cases are serious, they have to focus on the most critical.

"The unit, we have four people, so we focus mostly on crimes against children because there's plenty of them to go around," Noland said. 

Cyber investigations take a lot of manpower to get search warrants for apps, social media accounts and devices, then, to go through the devices that can have tens of thousands of images. Next, interviews with victims, witnesses and suspect and then finally, compiling the report for the district attorney.

"It's kind of tough. We have to pick and choose and be very selective in our cases," Noland said. 

They said people can protect themselves from the other computer crimes, by remembering two things: people use the internet to trick or harm you and once you send something digitally, you can never get it back.

If you are a victim of scamming, hacking or revenge porn, you can fill out a police report at tulsapolice.org but you're better off contacting the website directly, to see if they can help you. 

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Special Features

Bridge Tracker

How safe are Oklahoma?s bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

Fallen Heroes

The News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on The News On 6? Find it here!

Murrah Bombing Timeline

Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Featured on NewsOn6.com

  • Cold Cases

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Survival Guide

    What can you do to survive a crime? Find advice for personal safety here.

  • Links

    Looking for a website you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.