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BALSAM LAKE – The Balsam Lake 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 Balsam Lake Police Department is eligible for:
“We are honored to be affiliated with Wisconsin's Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce,” said Officer DuBois. “We plan to use the new resources to help protect children from internet crimes and help keep Balsam Lake a safer place to live.”
To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Balsam Lake Police Department, contact Officer Lindsay DuBois at (715) 485-3544.
This year marks the 11th 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 728 suspects, executed 1,017 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 increased by more than five times to 158 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.