Federal grant to MSP to fight internet predators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin Wednesday 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.

Senator Mikulski is chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the DoJ, fights each year to include funds in the federal checkbook to stop online child predators. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Budget Committee.

"I am committed to keeping children safe from abuse, sexual predators and cyber stalkers," Senator Mikulski said. "We need to focus federal resources on child predators like a laser to catch sexual deviants who use the Internet to stalk children, break up child pornography and prostitution rings, and track down, arrest and prosecute child molesters. We have made some amazing progress over the years, but criminals have gotten more sophisticated, and we've had to become more sophisticated. I will keep doing my part in this war against child predators to help keep Maryland families safe and secure."

"There is no grey area here; if you seek to harm a child in Maryland, we will find you and we will prosecute you," said Senator Cardin.  "These funds, and the collaborative effort of the Maryland State Police, should send a clear message that we will not tolerate the use of the Internet by sexual predators.  I am pleased that this grant reflects our commitment to keeping our children safe and secure."

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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