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Shorewood Police Department Joins the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

 SHOREWOOD The Shorewood 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 Shorewood 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 national ICAC email group;
  • Recognition on both the Shorewood Police Department website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website;

 

 "The Shorewood Police Department is excited to be working with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force on this critical issue," said Chief David Banaszynski.  "Protecting our children is a priority to us and with the help of the Department of Justice we now have another tool to help us."

 

 If you have information about a person in Shorewood that is falling victim to a child predator or would like more information about this program, please contact Juvenile Officer Chrissy Preston at the Shorewood Police Department at (414) 847-2623.

 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, Wisconsins ICAC Task Force and Affiliate Agencies have arrested 540 suspects, executed 647 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 enforcements 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 Justices ICAC Task Force has quadrupled to 92 in the past year. You can access a list of affiliates.

 

 For more information on how your community can become an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force contact Craig Klyve at (608) 266-1221, klyvecs@doj.state.wi.us or Kris Midthun at (715) 839-3831, midthunkm@doj.state.wi.us.