Online child sex offenders could have more man-power and more technology working against them if legislators agree with Governor Matt Blunt’s recommendation to increase funding for those efforts. Blunt wants to double the $250,000 dollar funding for detectives’ salaries and personnel training as well as set aside another quarter million for computer equipment in an effort to boost protection for children from online predators. The extra half a million would mean the Cyber Crimes Grant Program would receive a total of $750,000 dollars. The grant program funds the Multi-jurisdictional Internet Cyber Crimes Task Forces established when the legislature passed Missouri’s version of Jessica’s Law last year. Blunt says the new 750-thousand dollar total would make the state even tougher on online predators.
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