More Money to Fight Cyber Predators
"Even young men and women that are in college, if they're posting a lot of information about themselves on an Internet site that can be accessed by a lot of people, it could potentially lead to stalking and more serious crimes later," Weimer explained.
The governor noted that the Internet has improved our lives, although at a price.
"Unfortunately, like with many good things, there are some that have tried to put it to a terrible use," Blunt said. "And, as any of you who have children are aware, there are some who are using the Internet to lure our children into very dangerous situations."
This year, $250,000 already is available for cyber crimes task forces. Blunt's proposal would use half of the additional $500,000 for detective salaries and training, with the other half for equipment.
The Boone County Sheriff's Department, which relaunched a cyber crimes task force this year, will apply for some of that money.
Reported by Adam Liebman