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STURTEVANT - The Sturtevant Police Department has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
 

MENOMONIE - The Dunn County Sheriff's Office has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

 

"We are pleased to have you as a member of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force and pledge our full support to you as we work together to make Wisconsin safer for our children," said Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

 

As part of this affiliation, the Dunn County Sheriff's Office 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 national ICAC email group;
  • Recognition on both the Dunn County Sheriff's Office website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website;

 

"I feel the time has come to join the fight to go after child predators. There are many individuals throughout Wisconsin, the United States and the world who attempt to lure children into their sick world. They pose as someone who cares about the child. It is important for us to show our children who actually cares about them. The Internet exposes our children to the world and the world to our children, " said Dunn County Sheriff Dennis Smith.

 

If you have information about a person in Dunn County that is falling victim to a child predator or would like more information about this program, please contact Deputy Travis Mayer at the Dunn County Sheriff's Department at (715) 232-1348 or call the Dunn County Sheriff's Office TIP LINE at (715) 231-2907.

 

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. "In the past decade, Wisconsin's ICAC Task Force and Affiliate Agencies have arrested 540 suspects, executed 647 search warrants, and rescued countless numbers of children throughout the state," said Van Hollen.

 

According to Van Hollen, there are over 22,304 internet protocol addresses in Wisconsin containing and offering to distribute known images of child pornography. One in seven children are asked by an adult 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. To that end, Van Hollen has directed a 67% increase in the number of special agents assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force within the Division of Criminal Investigation. Van Hollen's 2009-11 budget request for the Department of Justice includes a request for five additional special agents and criminal analysts to protect our children from sex predators who utilize the Internet to prey on children.

 

In addition to expanding investigative capacity internally, Van Hollen and the Department of Justice have continued to add additional local affiliates to the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force. The number of local law enforcement partners to the Department of Justice's ICAC Task Force has more than doubled to 60 in the past year. You can access a list of affiliates at here.

 

For more information on how your community can become an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force contact Craig Klyve at (608) 266-1221, klyvecs@doj.state.wi.us or Kris Midthun at (715) 839-3831, midthunkm@doj.state.wi.us.