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

 

GREEN LAKE - The Green Lake 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 Green Lake 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 the national ICAC email group;
  • Recognition on both the Green Lake County Sheriff Office's website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website; 

 

"Smaller counties, with limited resources, are at a disadvantage in the world of computer crimes. Keeping up with technological changes and being able to staff in that area of expertise is difficult. Our sensitive crimes investigator, Det. Patti Crump, other Detectives, and the entire Green Lake County Sheriff's Office are committed to this cause and look forward to this new relationship," said Green Lake County Sheriff Mark Podoll. "By joining with ICAC our Sheriff's Office will attempt to overcome many of the obstacles found in computer crimes and see the predators of children effectively charged and convicted." 

 

To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Green Lake County Sheriff's Department, contact Det. Patti Crump at (920) 294-4000 or via e-mail at pcrump@co.green-lake.wi.us

 

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 122 since Attorney General Van Hollen took office. You can access a list of affiliates 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.