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ELKHORN - The Walworth 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 Walworth County Sheriff's Office is eligible for:
"The Walworth County Sheriff's Office looks forward to being part of the law enforcement team to combat internet crimes against children. The use of technology, specifically the internet, is a useful tool. Unfortunately it can become an opportunity for criminals to prey on our unsuspecting children. Joining the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provides coordinated law enforcement resources to us locally for the prevention and detection of these predators," said Walworth County Sheriff David Graves.
To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Walworth County Sheriff's Office, contact Captain Dana Nigbor at (262) 741-4421
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 110 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.