East County News Service
July 31, 2010 (Washington D.C.) – U.S. Congressman Bob Filner announced this week that the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $320,403 for the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
“We have to work together across city lines if we are going to catch online child predators,” said Filner. “These funds will go to making sure we have the resources to be proactive in investigating and prosecuting those using the internet to commit crimes against children.”
The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a collaboration of local, state and federal agencies who investigate offenders using the internet or other technology to sexually exploit children. The Task Force was developed in response to an increasing number of children and teens using the Internet, the abundance of child pornography and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with underage kids.
These funds will go to pay for one-half of the salary for two San Diego Police Department detectives, a San Diego County Sheriff’s detective, one Chula Vista Police Department detective and one San Diego County District Attorney Investigator.
For information on how to keep your children safe from Internet predators, visit the Task Force’s website http://sdicac.org/.