The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) recently announced that it has received $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect children in Minnesota against sexual predators who use the Internet to prey on them.
The money will fund the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. The task force intends to use this money to help protect children and put sexual predators behind bars. Minnesota and Ohio were the only two states that were awarded the full $500,000 grant award.
With this money, the task force will be able to enhance their efforts in investigating and prosecuting child sex offenders. The grant helps ICAC to increase forensic evidence capacity, monitor offenders on parole and probation, and expand the task force’s partnerships in Minnesota. ICAC is planning to locate and arrest at least 80 child sexual predators.