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MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Justice has completed the training of 55 law enforcement officers who are part of the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and its affiliate organizations. The training took place on Tuesday, November 18.
Task Force members received training that included a basic introduction on the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children program and the resources that are available in the fight against child pornography. The training included CyberTipline Reports. Cyber Tips are reports received by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on inappropriate or criminal conduct on the internet. The tips range widely from solicitation of children to sending of pornography to children. The tips that can be traced back to Wisconsin are sent to the Wisconsin ICAC for follow-up.
Peer to Peer (P2P) Training provided those in attendance with a general knowledge of the technical functions of and use of P2P networks by persons trading child pornography and with a sufficient understanding to obtain a search warrant based on information developed by undercover P2P operations.
Another segment of the training focused on Interviewing Child Pornography Suspects. "While a forensic examination of hard drives and other digital evidence is crucial in a child pornography investigation, it should never replace the importance of a good interview and confession," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "How to link a suspect on child pornography discovered on a computer, and the importance of questioning the suspect about his access to and/or contact with possible child victims is a key part of any ICAC investigation."
The training also focused on identifying the basics of a law enforcement interview of a child and the processes that need to be followed for such an interview.
The training ended with a discussion of the different types of storage media commonly found during a search.
"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.
Van Hollen has placed a priority on law enforcement's proactive response to the growing problem of internet crimes against children. Van Hollen's 2009-11 budget request for the Department of Justice includes a request for 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 64 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Kris Midthun at (715) 839-3831, email@example.com.