The Morristown Police Department recognizes the internet as an ever-increasing tool utilized by child sexual predators to commit crimes against minor children. Sexual predators gain access to children through various on-line web sites. They also exploit child sex abuse victims by posting images of child pornography on the internet, and by transmitting images through e-mail systems. The Morristown Police Department acknowledges that children in our community can easily be victims of these crimes, and that there is a need for an investigative unit to address internet crimes against children. The Morristown Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC) is comprised of investigators assigned by the Chief of Police and an assigned forensic computer examiner. The ICAC Unit is a member of the Tennessee Regional ICAC Task Force, and is an affiliate of the Knoxville Police Department’s ICAC Unit.
The Morristown Police Department’s Investigations Division became involved with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) through a grant program in collaboration with the Knoxville Police Department and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Due to the volume of child abuse, child sexual abuse, child sexual solicitation, child pornography, and other computer-related crimes prosecuted, the State of Tennessee selected the Morristown Police Department as one of the original ten agencies in the State to receive training in computer investigations, as well as forensics techniques.