Internet task force changes name to avoid confusion

Friday, October 15, 2010 | 3:07 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A unit of the Boone County Sheriff's Department overseeing Internet crimes has changed its name.

Formerly known as the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force, the unit will now be known as the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force, according to a news release issued Friday. Sheriff Dwayne Carey stated in the release that the purpose of the name change is to avoid confusion about who is involved in the task force.

The department is primarily responsible for investigating child pornography rings and orchestrating sting operations online to catch sexual predators, as well as other responsibilities.

The initial intention was for the department to have full-time cooperation among multiple agencies. However, budget constraints and personnel shortages have prevented the unit from reaching its intended scope, the release said.

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