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New Grant Aimed at Protecting Children Online

October 4th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland State Police has been awarded a $302,584 grant from U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to train local law enforcement across Maryland in the latest technology to protect children from Internet predators. These federal funds will support Maryland’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program.

ICAC Task Forces make up a nationwide network that gives State and local law enforcement the tools they need to go after sexual predators who target children online. With over 61 coordinated task forces, at least one in each state, ICACs have made over 30,000 arrests since 1998 and identified thousands of children who suffered abuse or neglect. Senator Mikulski included $31 million in fiscal year 2012 appropriations for ICAC task forces throughout the country.

 

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