ASO deputies attend Criminal Connections training

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- A detective and an investigator from Washington and Ohio stopped by Alachua County to offer advice to deputies about child porn and sex abuse cases.

Det. Pauline Renick from the Bellingham Police Department in Washington and David Frattare, Director of State Investigations for the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, taught Alachua County deputies how to look for clues and arrest an offender for child sex abuse.

“It’s important to have these trainings because the more information that we have as deputies and police officers, the better trained we are to do our jobs,” Renick said.”Lack of information doesn’t help anybody."

The training was called Criminal Connections: Child Porn and Child Sex Abuse.

Presenters talked about the connection between an offender and child pornography.

“There is a multitude of ways that children can be exploited over the internet,” said Det. Rob Campbell for Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. “The truth is, we are only beginning to scratch the surface. New sites are popping up every day, new social media types, and the truth is we don’t know what we don’t know.”

Renwick said the training has received great reviews.

“The feedbacks been fantastic,” Renick said. “We’ve had a lot of investigators and police officers who have gone through this course give us feedback about how it’s going and we’ve had multiple requests throughout the nation to have the training come to their local areas.”

The next training will take place in West Palm Beach next month.