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Dodge County Sheriff's Office Joins the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

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

 

"Today's technology has exposed our most valuable asset, our children, to many dangers," said Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls. "Our partnership with the ICAC Task Force will allow us to protect our children from those seeking to do them harm."

If you have information about a person in Dodge County that is falling victim to a child predator or would like more information about this program, please contact Lt. JoAnne Swyers at (920) 386-3828.

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, Wisconsins 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  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 93 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.