KBI laser-focused on cybersecurity, fentanyl prevention, officials tell lawmakers

January 20, 2024
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TLDR: A Kansas Bureau of Investigation official has highlighted crimes against children, cybersecurity threats, and fentanyl as the top concerns for law enforcement in the state. Executive Officer Robert Stuart used a visual demonstration with a one dollar bill to show lawmakers the dangers of fentanyl, emphasizing how a small amount can be fatal. The state has seen a significant number of child homicides and deaths by suicide in comparison to fentanyl-related deaths. Additionally, the KBI is concerned about the increasing size, frequency, complexity, and success of cybercrimes. One report estimates that Kansans lost $58 million to cybercrimes in 2022. The KBI’s upcoming budget enhancement requests will reflect these concerns.

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