Boone County Cyber Task Force Makes Changes

6 years 7 months 1 week ago October 15, 2010 Oct 15, 2010 Friday, October 15 2010 Friday, October 15, 2010 10:27:37 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A Boone County task force that targets online predators is making some big changes starting Friday.

The Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force changed its name to The Boone County Sheriff's Department's Cyber Crimes Task Force. However, it's not just the name that is seeing a change.

Sheriff Dwayne Carey said the new name shows how the task force has grown to include more agencies, making it possible to crack down on more than just cyber predators who target children.

"My goal when this was created was to involve full time personnel from a variety of agencies...I requested the name change to eliminate any confusion as to who was participating in the task force," Carey said in a press release.

The task force will now focus on investigating embezzlement and fraud. Some internet users in Boone County are happy about the new change, since they say this allows them to feel more financially secure.

"Of course I feel safer now, unless something happens. But if this change means I'm more secure, then yes I feel safe," internet user Sean Gnem said.

Carey says this integration has been his goal since 2005, but the state of the economy and low budgets prevented that from happening until now.

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