Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 8,176
Agency Size: 26 total - 22 sworn; 4 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Drew County Sheriff’s Department; University of Arkansas at Monticello; Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division; Department of Human Services; Arkansas Highway Police; Probation and Parole; 10th District Drug Task Force; Monticello School District; and Drew Central School District
Grant Focus Area(s): Technology; Sexual Assaults; Evidence Collection
The Monticello, Arkansas, Police Department (MPD) serves over 8,000 individuals. In recent years, violent crime has increased within the Monticello community, including sexually motivated crimes, abductions, robberies, assaults, burglaries, narcotics trafficking, and weapons violations. The MPD plans to increase its capacity to conduct forensic evidence extractions to keep pace with the increased violent criminal activities.
Using Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative (RVCRI) funding, the MPD is using forensic evidence extraction software to allow investigators to extract data from mobile devices to enhance its investigations through a nine-step process. This process will preserve evidence in its original form while performing structured investigations by collecting, identifying, and validating digital information to provide more comprehensive intelligence for investigations and produce successful outcomes.