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Crimes Against Children Unit Needs More Manpower

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 20, 2013 10:42 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 20, 2013 11:22 PM EST

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Crimes Against Children Unit
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

A division of law enforcement that fights to keep children safe said it needs more manpower.

The men and women on the Crimes Against Children Task Force are are very dedicated.

However, they just don’t have enough people, which could pose a very serious problem.

Corporal Moore with West Virginia State Police fights to ensure safety in families like Christie Howards.

"If something were to happen to this baby I'd go off," Howard said.

Moore is one of 18 troopers statewide on the crimes unit.

The increase in online crimes against children has created a stressful demand for her line of police work.

And it’s not just her, it's a problem felt by troopers across the state. Moore said those 18 troopers are probably covering the workload of 80, and any new help would be appreciated.

When asked what would happen if they don’t get more people to work on cases, Moore said some things could slip through the cracks.

"We try we do the best that we can, but when you've got that stress and pressure, something's got to break," she said.

The West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit, currently has 18 troopers assigned to the task force statewide.

Troopers said that number should be about 80 due to an increase in cybercrimes against children.

Troopers told us at times it can be overwhelming.

The hope is to acquire the resources to have around 85 on the Crimes Against Children Task Force over the next five years.



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