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DODGEVILLE - The Dodgeville 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 Dodgeville Police Department is eligible for:
Chief Kieffer said, "The Dodgeville Police Department is proud to be an affiliate of this Task Force effort and to identify those responsible for Internet Based Criminal Activity that has an adverse impact on our children."
If you have information about a person in Dodgeville that is falling victim to a child predator or would like more information about this program, please contact Officer Todd Oellerich or Lt. Dave Pope - Investigations at the Police Department.
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," according to Van Hollen.
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. 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 69 in the past year. You can access a list of affiliates.