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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AWARDED $412,718 FEDERAL GRANT TO COMBAT CHILD SEXUAL PREDATORS
 

MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen today announced the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has been awarded a federal grant of $412,718 to assist in the identification and prosecution of child sexual predators. The award will allow the creation of the multijurisdictional Wisconsin Child Sexual Predator Task Force consisting of DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Milwaukee Police Department, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the United States Marshal's Service, the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

 

"This new federal grant will allow the Department of Justice to lead a multijurisdictional task force to attack the problem of sexual predators targeting our children," said Van Hollen. "Specifically, this funding will enhance Wisconsin law enforcement's ability to identify and pursue sexual predators utilizing the Internet to prey on children."

 

The goals of the Wisconsin Child Sexual Predator Task Force are four-fold:

 

  • Arrest cyber predators who seek to sexually victimize children by use of computers and the Internet.
  • Target and arrest identified sex offenders who prey on children in the larger community.
  • Provide extensive community outreach on the dangers of child sexual predators through use of the educational NetSmartz program.
  • Expand Internet policing into four Native American reservations in northeastern Wisconsin.

 

The expansion of Internet policing to tribal reservations is an unprecedented cooperative effort between the four tribal police agencies and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. It is believed to be the only such program in the United States that teams the state criminal investigative agency with tribal police agencies.

 

The new grant will also fund the enhancement of the state's computer forensic capability. The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation currently is responsible for 90% of all computer forensic work done in the state of Wisconsin. The DCI analyzes approximately 700 computers a year. The grant proposal includes the purchase of a new forensic computer server to enable larger amounts of digital evidence to be analyzed. The addition of four new computer analysts from state funding, as well as the purchase of a new forensic file server, will more than double DCI's capability to analyze computer evidence. The increased forensic capability will permit a greater number of cases to be investigated, prosecuted and adjudicated.