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DA's office receives 'Cop-in-a-Box'

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2012 4:33 PM EST
Updated: Monday, June 11, 2012 7:05 PM EST

By Jeannie Flitner

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -A computer system that will help police officers investigate Internet sexual predators was donated to the Cumberland County District Attorney's office Monday morning.

It's called "Cop-in-a-Box," and it's the first of it's type to come to the state. The system includes hardware and software as well as training guides so that local police officers will be able to work more closely with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, essentially letting them use high tech equipment to find offenders at a local level.

District Attorney Dave Freed accepted the technology on behalf of the district attorney's office Monday morning, and said he was thrilled to be getting the equipment.

"Certainly having a tool that makes it simpler and easier for us to do these investigations should increase our numbers," he said.

The equipment, which was presented by the Safe Surfin' organization, will be housed in Carlisle, but will be accessible to police officers across the county.

Ron Porter, Director of Research for the Safe Surfin' organization, said the goal is for local police officers to be able to better investigate Internet sexual predators.

"The theory is with more boots on the ground we can do more to fight Internet sexual predators," he said.

The computer system was donated by the Pennsylvania Moose Association.

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