TAZEWELL, Va. — The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department unveiled updated technology on Thursday morning for their “Cop in a Box” program which helps capture internet predators who download child pornography.
Tazewell County Sheriff Brian Hieatt said the Cop in a Box program is a part of the Internet Crimes Against Children initiative. “It’s a computer that has the ability to go out and search for people downloading child pornography,” Hieatt said. “Once this computer tells that it has been downloaded, it gives us an IP address were we start an investigation and we can find which house that the child pornography was downloaded on. We find out who’s computer and then we can make charges from there.”
Hieatt said Sheriff Mike Brown of Bedford County, Va. was at the event on Thursday. “He is the national sheriff of the year,” Hieatt said. “His office controls this part of the state and we branched off of him. He’s done a lot for the internet crimes (initiative).”
Hieatt said the Tazewell Moose Lodge purchased the new Cop in a Box system. “They partner with the Safe Surfin’ Foundation,” Hieatt said. “They promote education and awareness of how dangerous the internet is. Without the help of the Moose Lodge there’s a lot of people who would not have been caught.”
According to Hieatt, the old Cop in a Box computer system was worn out, but the new technology is up and going. “It’s up and going,” Hieatt said. “We’re in a new and upgraded Cop in a Box. We’ve done a lot of work and made a lot of changes.”
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