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Wal-Mart supports local internet crime task force

Date: July 14, 2008

Troy- The Internet Crime Task Force of the Troy Police Department recently received a new computer donated by Wal-Mart.

Chief Jeff Taylor said, "The Troy Police Department has long enjoyed the support of area resident and local businesses. The new computer, which was generously donated by Wal-Mart, will be used to enhance the capabilities of the Internet Crime Taskforce to make possible an effective investigative response to online child exploitation."

During the past several years, children have eagerly embraced the use of the Internet to learn, play, and communicate with their friends. The Internet is clearly influencing how children are discovering and interacting with the world around them. Unfortunately, going online is not always safe for youngsters. Some sex offenders use the privacy and anonymity of the Internet to prey on vulnerable children, who have unsupervised access to the Internet.

The new challenge of law enforcement is to develop strategies to interdict sex offenders who use the Internet to exchange child pornography or to seek victims online. Until the introduction of the Internet Crime Taskforces, sex offenders faced little risk of arrest. Now law enforcement agencies across the county are coordinating their efforts to build a circle of protection around our children to safeguard them from Internet predators.

The Troy Police Department has been a member of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force since March of 2007. This month, the department will become an active member of the Regional Computer Crimes Education and Enforcement Group (RCCEEG StL). This is an organization of law enforcement officers, prosecutors and computer professionals in the St. Louis area and surrounding counties; dedicated to providing manpower, technical and legal assistance in computer crime education and investigation. RCCEEG also provides education presentations and information about internet safety to schools, parents and children in grades K-12.

For further information contact the Troy Police Department at (636) 528-4725.

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