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The Monroe Police Department Joins the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force

 

In 2012, the ICAC Task Force was responsible for arresting 131 suspected child predators -- the highest number of arrests during a calendar year ever recorded for the Task Force.

 

MADISON — The Monroe Police Department has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

 

“Wisconsin’s ICAC Task Force is a national leader, and within the past decade, the task force and affiliate agencies have arrested hundreds of suspects," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.  “We are pleased to have the Monroe Police Department as our newest member.  The training of more officers by adding affiliates only furthers my mission to protect Wisconsin’s children.”

 

“The Monroe Police Department is excited to become a member of the ICAC Task Force,” Monroe Police Chief Fred Kelley added.  “These resources and partners will allow us to better address Internet crimes against children in our community.”

 

As part of this affiliation, the Monroe 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 Monroe Police Department’s website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.

 

To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Monroe Police Department, contact Det. Sgt. Jerry Dahlen at (608) 329-2419.

 

One in seven children is 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 (DCI).  In 2012, the ICAC Task Force was responsible for arresting 131 suspected child predators -- the highest number of arrests during a calendar year ever recorded for the Task Force.  Additionally, in the same year, more than 37,000 individuals attended more than 900 ICAC presentations and community outreach as part of efforts to further the agency’s mission to protect children. 

 

In addition to expanding investigative capacity internally, Van Hollen and the Department of Justice have continued to add 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 to more than 180 since Attorney General Van Hollen took office.  A list of affiliates can be accessed at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/icac-afflist.

 

For more information on how your community can become an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force, contact Special Agent in Charge Jenniffer Price at (608) 266-1671.