The Oak Hill Police Department received the “Cop in a Box” award Friday.
It comes from the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, an organization aimed at bringing tools to Internet safety programs across the country as online predators increase. Their newest tool, “Cop in a Box” offers a cost-effective way to protect children using technology. This computer system helps police monitor sexual predators that are targeting children online. Moose International also helps fund the program.
“This equipment, in particular, is a key tool to fight and the bottom line of that fight is to rescue children, to get these children out of environments where they’re being raped and tortured,” said Sgt. David Eldridge with the West Virginia State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Oak Hill Police Chief Mike Whisman said, “This is going to enable us, I believe, to see what we haven’t seen before, dig into these cases, get the information we need, get the evidence that’s required.”
In West Virginia alone, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has more than 1,000 targeted child predators.