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HAYWARD - The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal 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 Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department is eligible for:
"The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department is very enthusiastic about joining the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force," said Chief Louis Gouge. "Our Department wants the surrounding communities to know we care about our children and we want to keep them safe from on-line predators. Our Department wants to assist in the development and implementation of a training program in cooperation with our Tribal school and our Boys and Girls club. The children within our surrounding communities are our most precious resource and we must keep them safe for they will be our future leaders."
To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department, contact Chief Louis Gouge at (715) 634-8350.
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 123 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 Director David Spakowicz at (608) 266-1671 or Kris Midthun at (715) 839-3831, firstname.lastname@example.org