Crimes Task Force
The Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force (SVHTCTF), a division of the Sacramento Sheriff's Department, was initially proposed in May 1995. It was a concept developed by five local detectives, a prosecutor, and seven loss prevention managers from local high technology businesses located in the greater Sacramento Valley. The vision of the SVHTCTF was to address the escalation of criminal activities related to the utilization of computers and high technology to commit traditional crimes via high technology means.
On December 12, 1995, then Undersheriff Lou Blanas officially recognized the SVHTCTF by donating office space to the Task Force in the Sheriff's Work release facility. At that time, the Task Force consisted of a sheriff's sergeant, six detectives, and one county prosecutor. Within a year, the Task Force added an additional four investigators.
Today, less than seven years later, the Task Force includes 32 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies encompassing the 34 counties of the Eastern Judicial District of the state of California. A satellite operation, managed by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, was officially dedicated in June 2001.
For more information on the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force, visit their website, www.sachitechcops.org.
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