Sep 15 2008

Shelby Announces $450,000 to Prevent Internet Crimes Against Children

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the Department of Justice will award $450,000 to the Alabama Department of Safety to continue its Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force provides a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary response to ICAC offenses to conduct investigations, serve as a forensic resource and prosecute cases at the local, state and federal levels. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.

“Sexual predators worldwide are using the internet and other technologies to anonymously prey upon our children,” said Senator Shelby.  “It is critical that law enforcement have the necessary resources to protect our most vulnerable citizens, children, so they will not fall victim to these despicable individuals.  The key to fighting these horrific crimes is through coordination and communication between all levels of law enforcement and local communities. This funding will help continue the operations of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is composed of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and prosecute internet crimes against children.”