Today: Jun 14, 2024

Keep an eye out: OSBI uses new tech for child crimes.

4 months ago


  • Law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma are focusing on investigating crimes against children.
  • Technology, such as artificial intelligence, is changing the digital landscape for law enforcement.

Law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and across the country are teaming up to investigate crimes against children. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is leading the statewide task force, with help from local, state, federal, and tribal partners. New technologies, like artificial intelligence, have changed the digital landscape for law enforcement. Investigators are working to adapt to these changes, including dealing with synthetic child pornography created using AI.

OSBI special agent Blaine Phillips mentioned that AI can complicate issues and is something they are learning to adapt to. This is why agencies across Oklahoma are training regularly to stay up-to-date on the technology abused by criminals. Parents are also encouraged to follow digital trends and to make sure their children understand they are not to blame if they become victims of crimes against children.

Last year, the OSBI investigated more than 9,000 cyber tips involving children. The Payne County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Arwen is also assisting in several cases by sniffing out online exploitation. With new technology constantly emerging, law enforcement agencies are making efforts to keep up and protect the state’s most vulnerable.