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KSP Receives $300,000 Grant to Combat Child
Sexual Exploitation on the Internet

(Frankfort, KY) -  Kentucky State Police announced today it has received a $300,000 federal grant from the U. S. Dept. of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation on the Internet. The grant will be used to establish a statewide program to investigate complaints involving alleged occurrences of child sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as other offenses that victimize children.

The grant will be administered through the Electronic Crime Branch and will enable state police to train two investigators and a supervisor at each of its 16 posts, and equip them with the tools and resources they´ll need to conduct online investigations. The grant will also provide funds for training and equipment to the state police Electronic Crime Branch to upgrade its forensic analysis capabilities.

The state police will seek to include other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in this program. Eventually, it is hoped that a coalition of law enforcement agencies will be formed, composed of members from the state police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, the Office of Attorney General of Kentucky, the U. S. Attorney´s Office for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and other state and local law enforcement agencies. Letters supporting this state police initiative were submitted to the U. S. Dept. of Justice from these agencies as part of the grant application process.

This Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) grant was awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

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