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Manawa Police Department Joins the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

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

"The Manawa Police Department is grateful for the opportunity to participate and contribute to the on-going success of the ICAC task force. Using technology available under ICAC, combined with their leadership and training opportunities, the City of Manawa will be on a better footing to investigate crimes against children in our region," said Police Chief, David Walker. 

 

To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Manawa Police Department, contact Officer Paul Benzschawel at (920) 596-3390 or via e-mail at manawapd@wolfnet.net.   

 

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 678 suspects, executed 939 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 106 since Attorney General Van Hollen took office. 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 Kris Midthun at (715) 839-3831, midthunkm@doj.state.wi.us.