NEWS RELEASE FROM THE WI ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE:
MADISON — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has joined the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
“Within the past decade, Wisconsin’s ICAC Task Force has arrested hundreds of suspects, and we continue to grow by adding more partners," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. “We are pleased to have the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department as our newest member. The training of more officers only furthers my mission to protect Wisconsin’s children and hold offenders accountable.”
As part of this affiliation, the Jackson County Sheriff’s 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 Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s website, and on the Wisconsin Department of Justice website.
To learn more about the ICAC Task Force program at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, contact Detective Kelly Bakken at (715) 284-5357, ext. 103.
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 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 Jenniffer Price at (608) 266-1671.