Child Exploitation Prevention (Intercept)
A New Task Force to Protect Children
The Washington County Sheriff's Office, along with members from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Oregon Department of Justice work together to protect children. It's called the Interagency Child Exploitation Prevention Team, or INTERCEPT.
The team's mission is to investigate state and federal law violations, with an emphasis on crimes against children. INTERCEPT investigations often address child sex crimes, child pornography, child exploitation and the use of computers to promote these crimes. The team also provides community education.
An estimated 30 million children have access to the Internet, through computers and cell phones. A great deal of Internet content is not appropriate for children. Other Internet dangers to children include enticement and cyber stalking or harassment that includes repeated and unwanted contact that is rude or threatening. Teens and pre-teens often engage in bullying and your child may be a victimizer, as well as a victim. Additionally, your child also may be exposing your computer to viruses.
Protect your family by remaining aware of how your children behave online and the content to which they are exposed.
Talk to them about computer exploitation. Remind them that giving out personal information is dangerous. If you suspect that your child may be the victim of unwanted solicitation, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Internet related sexual offenders operate in online and off-line environments.
Family members and acquaintances are frequently the initiators of abuse or exploitation.
Parents should remain aware of all of the people in their children's lives and how their children interact with these people.
For more information about INTERCEPT, please call the Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at (503) 846-2500.