Grant to aid kid’s safety online
More than $275,000 in federal funding has been awarded to the West Virginia State Police to help investigate and prosecute sexual exploitation against children.
The grant will also help State Police upgrade their computer capabilities to reduce the backlog of cases and streamline analysis.
“The internet is a great resource for learning, but it can also put kids at risk,” said U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller. “When kids use the internet unsupervised, they too often become the target of bad intentions. This grant will help West Virginia police departments and other state and local officials achieve the important mission of keeping our kids safe online.”
“Our children are the most precious thing we have - they are our future,” said Senator Joe Manchin. “We must do everything we can to protect them from criminals and pedophiles who are exploiting children using the latest technology.”
Task forces around the country have reviewed over 180,000 cases of alleged victimization resulting in over 16,500 arrests since the program’s launch in 1998. The funding came from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention.
As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Rockefeller has worked to strengthen internet safety for children.
He has held roundtables in West Virginia to talk about the importance of protecting children against cyber bullying, online predators and internet harassment and has held hearings on children’s online privacy and safety.