August 9, 2010

Racine PD looking to apply for child sexual predator grant

The Racine Police Department is seeking a nearly $300,000 grant to better track child sexual predators.

Assistant Chief Tom Christensen presented the grant to the Common Council's Finance and Personnel Committee Monday night. There was brief discussion on the committee about a requirement to use investigators to staff the city's Child Advocacy Center for 20 yours per week. The requirement would extend an existing program within the police department.

The grant itself would create a training program that would connect with other law enforcement agencies and help track child sex predators in real-time.

The committee unanimously agreed to allow the Police Department to apply for the grant, which is competitive. Christensen said the city was invited to apply for the grant, which is a good sign for its chances.

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