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Sun Prairie Police Department Joins the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

SUN PRAIRIE - The Sun Prairie 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 Sun Prairie 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 Sun Prairie Police Department's website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website; 

 

"Children are society's most vulnerable victims. Partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children initiative, allows us to protect our children while aggressively pursuing offenders," said Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt. "We share the Attorney General's interest in furthering law enforcement cooperation in an effort to better serve our communities."  

 

To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Sun Prairie Police Department, contact Lt. Joseph G. Benusa II at (608) 837-7336. 

 

"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. A list of local affiliates is available at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/afflist.asp

 

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