In 2018, the SLMPD created a centralized unit that possesses the specific knowledge and capabilities to effectively assume responsibility for the investigation of IP crimes in the region. Through collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the local Federal Bureau of Investigation, the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Missouri, the SLMPD is efficiently and effectively investigating and prosecuting IP theft.

Intellectual property (IP) crimes present specific challenges to law enforcement, due to the complex nature and resource-intensive requirements of successfully investigating and prosecuting those crimes.

Individuals who unlawfully reproduce and distribute infringing copies of copyrighted work pose a serious threat, not only to law-abiding businesses, but to the broader health and safety of the community. There are established areas in the City of St. Louis that regularly draw individuals with the aim of selling counterfeit consumer goods, as well as varying opportunities created by major public events (e.g. sporting events, concerts) where falsified tickets and unlicensed merchandise are often peddled.

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Intellectual Property Crimes