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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 — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is pleased to announce that the Oconto Police Department has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
“In 2007, we had slightly more than 20 local law enforcement agency affiliates. We’re now close to 200, making a record number of arrests last year at more than 130 suspects. I’m pleased to see another one of our local law enforcement partners is joining the Task Force,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
“Oconto Police Department is very fortunate to have partnered with Attorney General Van Hollen in this endeavor. The Internet (WWW) is the wild, wild west of our time and providing a law enforcement presence in this domain is paramount in keeping our children safe,” Oconto Police Chief Dan Ault said. “The Internet knows few boundaries and by being proactive with strong partners like the DOJ/ICAC Task Force, I am confident our combined efforts will hold accountable those who would wish to harm to our children. I am pleased and honored to be part of such a great program.”
As part of this affiliation, the Oconto 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 Oconto Police Department’s website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.
To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Oconto Police Department, contact Nicole F. Crocker at (920) 834-7700.
According to a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 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 suspects -- 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 almost 200 since Attorney General Van Hollen took office. A list of affiliates can be accessed at ICAC Affiliates.
For more information on how your community can become an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force, contact Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Price at (608) 266-1671.