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WHITEWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT JOINS THE WISCONSIN INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE
 

WHITEWATER - The Whitewater Police Department 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 Whitewater Police 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 national ICAC email group;
  • Recognition on both the Whitewater Police Department's website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website;

 

"We are pleased to join forces with the ICAC Task Force," said Lt. Lisa Otterbacher. "The Whitewater Police Department recognized the intense and painful psychological and social pressures placed upon victims of sensitive crimes."

 

According to Lt. Otterbacher it was with this understanding that the department implemented a Sensitive Crimes Team back in 1995.

 

"Our agency joining the ICAC Task Force is an extension of our Sensitive Crimes Team's commitment to the community of Whitewater," said Otterbacher. "The Whitewater Police Department has a team of dedicated officers and detectives that specialize in sensitive crimes; thanks to the ICAC Task Force, these members will expand their area of expertise to Internet Crimes Against Children."

 

Detective Sergeant Tina Winger is the coordinator of the Sensitive Crimes Team. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding the police department's involvement with the ICAC Task Force please contact Detective Sergeant Winger at twinger@ci.whitewater.wi.us.

 

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.

 

Attorney General Van Hollen has placed a priority on law enforcement's proactive response to the growing problem of internet crimes against children. To that end, the Attorney General 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 and will also be bringing on board additional computer forensic analysts to support investigations and prosecutions of Internet Crimes Against 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.