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Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office Joins The Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

SHEBOYGAN - The Sheboygan 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 Sheboygan 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 Sheboygan County Sheriff Office's website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website;

 

 "With the proliferation of computers and the internet in our society the illegal use of a computer can bring the criminal right into your home. We must protect our children from those that would want to take advantage of their vulnerability and exploit them for illegal and immoral purposes," said Sheboygan County Sheriff Michael Helmke. "This collaboration will help bring the sheriff's department the technology and professional resources needed to effectively investigate, apprehend and prosecute internet crimes against children. It will also help position us to be more proactive in the sense of early detection and quicker resolution to these types of criminal activities," said Helmke.

 

 To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Sheboygan County Sheriff Office, contact the program coordinator, Lt. James Risseeuw, at (920) 459-3157.

 

 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 639 suspects, executed 808 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  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.

 

 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 quadrupled to 94 in the past year. You can access a list of affiliates.

 

 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.