Last night I posted a “yes” for supporting Sammy Wyatt for Bossier City Marshal. That was based on his responses to questions in interviews and specifically to his responses concerning substance abuse. I also thought his answers were fairly succinct. I still hold to those views, but now I’m again reviewing Carl Richard.
This morning I’m taking a little closer look at something – the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. I’ve wondered if this whole program was mainly just a “feel good” program. Don’t get me wrong – internet predators and crimes are real, but something is just a bit odd.
this Marshal’s campaign has seen a distortion of what the program is and how it is run, elevating the program to almost mythical status. — Evodna Springer – NWLATPA Blog
I think that actually sums it up better than anything. Mythical Status.
According to Evodna’s recent article, the ICAC has had 200 arrests with 59 convictions. That is based on the statistics that the Bossier City Marshal’s Office is able to provide. Apparently, according to Chief Deputy Rick Ware, the statistical data on arrests and convictions is maintained by each individual law enforcement agency.
Ok – so the IACA is supposed to “facilitate cooperation between various local, parish, state, and federal agencies in the apprehension of internet predators“, but we don’t know the actual statistics on the success? I also wouldn’t consider 200 arrests with 59 convictions anything outstanding.
Either they are harassing people or the District Attorney’s office is asleep, but something isn’t quite right.
As a matter of fact, at this point I’m not even really sure what use the task force really is – other than providing office space, equipment, software, and an internet connection.
If the Bossier City Marshals Office wants to educate the public about “internet crimes”, then fine. A laptop, a LCD projector, and PowerPoint would do.
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