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May 01, 2014

  The Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has joined a national initiative today casting an electronic dragnet aimed at online child predators.

  “Operation Broken Heart” is a coordinated strike force of specially trained police officers from 3,000 law enforcement agencies working nationwide over the next thirty days to arrest as many child predators as possible.

  “Every department or agency represented on the Arkansas task force has already demonstrated a remarkable record dedicated to guarding Arkansas children,” said Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police.  “I’m hopeful that by joining forces with law enforcement agencies nationwide over the next thirty days some of the most dangerous predators will be apprehended.”   

  Law enforcement officers across Arkansas representing thirty-five state, county and city agencies and departments, along with eight federal partner agencies, comprise the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  

  The operation will concentrate on offenders who (1) possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (child prostitution), and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of sexually abusing foreign children).

  State – County and Local Agency/Department Task Force Members:

  • Arkansas State Crime Laboratory
  • Arkansas Attorney General’s Office
  • Arkansas State Police
  • Bella Vista Police Department
  • Benton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bentonville Police Department
  • Cabot Police Department
  • Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
  • Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office
  • Fayetteville Police Department
  • Fort Smith Police Department
  • Garland County Sheriff’s Office
  • Grant County Sheriff’s Office
  • Greenwood Police Department
  • Hot Springs Police Department
  • Jonesboro Police Department
  • Little Rock Police Department
  • Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office
  • Madison County Sheriff’s Office
  • Miller County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mountain Home Police Department
  • Mountain View Police Department
  • Perry County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pine Bluff Police Department
  • Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
  • Rogers Police Department
  • Russellville Police Department
  • Sherwood Police Department
  • Springdale Police Department
  • Van Buren Police Department
  • Washington County Sheriff’s Office
  • 2nd Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office
  • 5th Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office
  • 12th Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office
  • 15th Judicial District Prosecutor’s Office

Federal Partners:

  • United States Air Force (OSI-LRAFB)
  • United States Attorney’s Office (East & West)
  • United States Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • United States Marshals Service
  • United States Navy (NCIS)
  • United States Postal Inspection Service
  • United States Probation Office (East)