The Cyber Crime Division was established in 2000, to investigate the sexual exploitation of children online and to provide assistance to Mississippi's law enforcement agencies on criminal use of technology. Since that time, the Division has expanded its role to also address major fraud, data theft, and cyber security.
The Division is made up of a team of investigators, digital forensic examiners, analysts, and administrative staff. The Attorney General's Office is the host agency for the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) Task Force, comprising more than 80 law enforcement officers from across the state to address threats to Mississippi's children. The Attorney General's Cyber Crime investigators also represent the agency in task force roles for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Secret Service, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The Cyber Crime Division is also host to the Cyber Fraud Task Force, a partnership with the U.S. Secret Service. Ours is one of more than 40 domestic and international Cyber Fraud Task Force locations.
Our digital forensic examiners perform services related to the collection and analysis of evidence found on digital devices. Their work helps agencies on investigations ranging from burglaries to capital murder. Our forensic examiners also provide regular assistance to other areas of the Attorney General's Office contributing to its fight against corruption, abuse of the elderly, and human trafficking.
Our team of trained investigative professionals in Cyber Crime and throughout the Attorney General’s Office work with local, state, and federal law enforcement. If you have a tip regarding child exploitation, tobacco enforcement, human trafficking, election crimes, or other possible infractions, please click here to contact us.
Director of Criminal Investigations
Patrick Munday is a graduate of Belhaven University and Delta State University. With a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Mr. Munday has worked in various aspects of law enforcement since 1992. After starting his career as a corrections officer with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mr. Munday was promoted to the position of probation and parole officer and was one of the first officers to implement the house arrest program in Mississippi. For twenty-one years, Mr. Munday worked as a federal agent for the Office of Inspector General/United States Department of Agriculture, finishing his federal career as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Jackson field office. Following retirement from his federal career, Mr. Munday worked briefly for Trustmark National Bank in their Financial Crimes Division. The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office welcomed Mr. Munday as their Director of Criminal Investigations in February 2020.