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MILWAUKEE - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was joined by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, West Allis Police Chief Mike Jungbluth and Oak Creek Captain of Police John Edwards to announce that Wisconsin's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Affiliates (ICAC) has grown to and surpassed 100 partners. Attorney General Van Hollen praised and thanked Sheriff Clarke, Chief Jungbluth and Captain Edwards for their department's commitment to child safety and the fight against the epidemic of crimes against the smallest and most vulnerable citizens.
"Little work in law enforcement can be more important than the protection of our children from the likes of child predators, especially those using the most sophisticated technology to victimize and brutalize our society's hope for the future," said Van Hollen. "Working together we work better. From 23 in January of 2007 to over 100 partners today, I want child predators to know we are working together to stop them."
Upon becoming the 100th ICAC Affiliate Sheriff David Clarke said, "I am proud to join Attorney General Van Hollen and our now over 100 partners in this fight against crime and battle for our children. This cooperative approach to law enforcement concentrating on child predators reinforces our commitment to both the law and our children."
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a number one priority for Attorney General Van Hollen. Task Force Affiliates receive financial grants and equipment along with specialized training as a part of this cooperative approach to investigating and prosecuting child predators. In January 2007, Wisconsin had 23 Task Force Affiliates. Today, the Affiliate number grew to over 100 with the addition of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, West Allis Police Department and the Oak Creek Police Department.