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Sheriff's Office Gets $35,000 to Help Fight Cyber Crimes

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office has received a $35,000 award from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to cover overtime costs related to the Sheriff's Cyber Crimes Unit and Internet Crimes against Children Task Force.

The FBI award enhances the ability of Sheriff's Office Detectives to timely investigate crimes against persons and property, financial crimes, domestic violence and the online exploitation of children.

Children are often targets for exploitation by individuals using on-line services because of the anonymous nature of the Internet and the large number of people who use it. Online child predators contact children on the Internet in a number of ways including e-mail messages, instant messaging, electronic bulletin boards, social networking sites and public chat rooms.

Through the Washoe County Sheriff's Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, Washoe County Detectives work with members of the FBI, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and various other law enforcement agencies to conduct online investigations targeting child pornographers and sexual predators of children.

For more information about cyber security, the Sheriff's Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, and tips that help keep children safe while on the Internet, visit washoesheriff.com.

From the Washoe County Sheriff's Office

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