Prairie du Chien (WKOW) -- from WI Dept. of Justice: The Crawford County Sheriff's 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 Crawford County Sheriff's Department is eligible for:
"This is one of the fastest growing crimes against children," said Crawford County Sheriff Jerry Moran. "You don't need to leave your home to fall victim to it."
"We are looking forward to working with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to keep the children of Crawford County and Wisconsin safe," said Moran. "I want to thank Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen for his continued support and efforts in keeping the children of Wisconsin safe from these predators."
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, Wisconsin's 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 by an adult 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.
Van Hollen's 2009-11 budget request for the Department of Justice includes a request for five additional special agents and criminal analysts to protect children from sex predators who utilize the Internet to prey on children.
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 more than doubled to 64 in the past year.