NEW MARTINSVILLE, W.Va.—The city’s police department is getting on board with a national effort to combat Internet sex crimes against children.
Tuesday, only NEWS9 cameras were there as the New Martinsville Police Department accepted a new computer system donated by local Moose Lodge 931.
With that system, a new partnership is aiming to take down online sexual predators in the Ohio Valley.
Three boxes were on display in the New Martinsville city building contained a new computer system, designed to get more police officers online while many departments are seeing shrinking budgets and staff.
“We can’t wait to get started. We got to go to class and get trained on the program and how to use it,” said New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil.
Tuesday’s presentation was made by the local donors, Moose Lodge 931.
“We do it because we believe in our children and we believe they should be protected. And there’s no worse crime, in my mind, than taking advantage of a small child,” said Richard Erlewine, administrator for Moose Lodge 931 in New Martinsville.
Moose International has recently partnered with safesurfin.org founded by Bedford County, VA. Sheriff, Mike Brown. He said officers need to stay on top of relentless online predators.
“It’s the most egregious, I think, crime that can be committed against a child. We’ve seen children as young as 6 months old being sexually violated,” said Brown.
The program, called Cop-in-a-Box, comes with hardware, software, monitor and printer plus a tested training course to get officers on board and online protecting our kids and theirs.
“I myself have four kids, three daughters and they’re big in to computers right now, so it’s going to be nice to get online and stop a lot of stuff that’s going on around here,” said Cecil.
The program cost $3,250, which was all raised by the lodge.
Cecil said he and his officers expect to get after these predators online soon, immediately following their completion of the training course.