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Photo by Emily Wood: Lt. Danny Brabham with the Rocky Mount Police Department will lead the work with the “Cop in a Box.”

Monday, June 9, 2014

By EMILY WOOD - News-Post Intern

The Town of Rocky Mount Police Department was presented with a "Cop in a Box" at the Altavista Moose Family Center in Altavista on Wednesday last week.

The "Cop in a Box" laptop computer includes a U.S. Department of Justice-certified high-tech program created to offer cost-effective protection to children from online predators.

"This will allow us to do some computer forensics and investigative forensics including data recovery," said Lt. Danny Brabham with the RMPD. "I've been told that it's a cure for what we need."

The Safe Surfin' Foundation launched the "Cop in a Box" initiative with the aim of improving the out-of-balance ratio between internet crime investigators and internet sexual predators. Funding for the program was raised by the Altavista Moose Family Center.

"Getting more cops online is our only chance in getting these child predators behind bars," said Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown, co-founder of the Safe Surfin' Foundation. "It has been difficult for many agencies to get investigators online, mainly due to budget shortfalls. But thanks to the active members of Moose International, we are making a difference in catching those who wish to do harm to our children in Virginia and across the country."

The Rocky Mount police officers are members of the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

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