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 September 19th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office fact sheet: ComputerCOP software, Adam Walsh Act grant
ComputerCOP parental Internet monitoring software

Developed by a nationally recognized company especially for parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet. The goal is to protect children from Internet-based sexual predators.

The software allows parents to review pictures such as photos and text files. The software also allows parents to “capture” keystrokes of potentially dangerous e-mail messages and “chats” from programs such as instant messenger programs that can be used by Internet-based sexual predators.

ComputerCOP software is one part of what should be an overall strategy parents can use to keep their children safe on the Internet.

The Sheriff's Office purchased the software with the proceeds from seized drug dealer assets. No taxpayer dollars were used to purchase the software.

It is available at:

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, 34981.

The Crime Prevention Unit, at the south-St. Lucie County courthouse annex, 250 N.W. Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, 34986.

Adam Walsh Act grant

The grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will enable the Sheriff's Office to add one sworn law enforcement position and civilian position to the Sex Offender/Predator Unit of the Criminal Investigations Division.

The grant is 75 percent federal matched by 25 percent Sheriff's Office cash or in-kind contributions for a total of $225,969.

It is a on-year grant, and the Sheriff's Office can reapply in succeeding years.

The Sheriff's Office has increased responsibilities due to recent legislation that takes effect October 1, 2008. The new legislation makes every Florida Sheriff's Office responsible for all phases of sex offender/sexual predator registration and tracking.

Additional information

People can now use the Internet to track sex offenders or predators, or both, within a radius of one-quarter mile to five miles from their homes or track a particular sex offender or predator.

Go to the Sheriff's Office website, www.stluciesheriff.com and click on the box that says “Sex offender email notification system.”

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