The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the office of Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced.
From the media release:
“In 2007, we had slightly more than 20 local law enforcement agency affiliates. We’re now close to 200, making a record number of arrests last year at more than 170 suspects. I’m pleased to see the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is joining the Task Force,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. As part of this affiliation, the Kenosha Country Sheriff’s Department is eligible for: Reimbursement to help fund ICAC-related expenses, including computer hardware and software; Notification of and priority for sought-after ICAC-related training, offered both nationally and in Wisconsin; Investigative assistance from highly trained ICAC investigators and forensic computer analysts throughout the state; Access to the national ICAC email group; Recognition on both the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website. To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, contact Troy Barnett at (262) 605-5168. According to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in seven children is asked online to engage in sexual activities, sexual talk, or provide personal sexual information. Van Hollen has placed a priority on law enforcement’s proactive response to the growing problem of Internet crimes against children. In 2013, the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was responsible for arresting more than 170 suspects — the highest number of arrests during a calendar year ever recorded for the Task Force. Additionally, in the same year, more than 34,500 individuals attended nearly 700 presentations and community outreach programs as part of efforts to further the agency’s mission to protect children. In addition to expanding investigative capacity within the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at the Department of Justice, Van Hollen and the Department have continued to add local affiliates to the ICAC Task Force. The number of local affiliates has increased to almost 200 since Attorney General Van Hollen took office. A list of affiliates can be accessed at ICAC Affiliates. For more information on how your community can become an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force, contact the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at (608) 266-1671.