MN Dept of Public Safety Receives Grant to Combat Sex Predators
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat child sexual predators.
The grant, from the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), will help fund the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force for its efforts to protect children and put sexual predators behind bars. Minnesota and Ohio were the only two states that received the full $500 thousand grant award.
“This grant will enhance our efforts to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who would exploit children on the Internet,” said BCA Superintendent Tim O’Malley. “In partnership with local, state and federal authorities, we plan to identify, locate and arrest at least 80 child sexual predators using this grant money.”
“The apprehension and prosecution of child predators is a key priority for the Justice Department, and the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) has an essential role in the achievement of that priority,” said U.S. Attorney Frank J. Magill. “The work by the ICAC has been truly outstanding, and the ICAC efforts were recognized last year by Attorney General Mukasey at the national Project Safe Childhood conference. This grant should help ICAC in its continuing endeavor to protect the children of Minnesota from those who use the Internet to prey on them.”
The money will be used to increase forensic evidence capacity, monitor offenders on parole and probation, and expand the task force’s partnerships in Minnesota.