Fighting Cyber Crime
Prosecutors must stay one step ahead of the criminals they investigate and on no public safety issue is that more true than in fighting cyber crime. When she took over the office in 2006, Kathleen moved quickly to revamp how its prosecutors dealt with this growing field of criminality. She brought in seasoned prosecutors with experience in technology crimes, she used criminals' forfeited money to update the office's technology, and she tasked her investigators with modernizing and increasing the office’s cyber presence.
As a result of Kathleen’s efforts, her office has arrested more cyber criminals and online sex predators than ever before. Kathleen’s refusal to plea bargain with Internet sex predators has led to an increase in convictions and in more jail time for those who prey on our children, and her aggressive prosecution of those who commit identity theft and who scam seniors have made Kathleen’s office the model for how to protect our financial resources while online.
Kathleen has also developed one-of-a-kind education programs to show seniors how to keep themselves safe on the internet and to teach kids and teenagers the dangers of social networks and texting ("S.T.O.P., Then SEND").
Kathleen has successfully transformed the office to pair technology and Internet sophistication with old-fashioned investigative know-how and community education. The results have produced a 21st century law-enforcement agency capable of staying one step ahead of the criminals while protecting families by arming them with the information they need to stay safe.