September 06, 2011

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Nearly $400,000 to Protect West Virginia Children from Sexual Predators

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, along with Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-W.Va.), today announced that the state of West Virginia will receive $388,280 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services office to prevent child sexual abuse. The funding comes from the Child Sexual Predator Program, which promotes partnerships between state and local law enforcement agencies to reduce and prevent child endangerment by sexual predators. These agencies aim to establish and enhance strategies to locate, arrest and prosecute child sexual predators and exploiters. 

“Keeping our children safe, secure and happy is at the forefront of every parent’s mind,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding will help state and local police work together with federal law enforcement to arrest sexual offenders and keep our kids out of harm’s way.”

“We must protect children from the threat of sexual predators, and this grant affirms our commitment to doing all we can to make sure youth in West Virginia are not exposed to such danger,” said Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.  “This protection is increasingly important as technology develops, accessibility increases, and predators target vulnerable youth.  This funding will help local, state and federal officials protect children in West Virginia from people wishing to do them harm.”

“As our children and grandchildren return to school this year, we want them to learn and grow in a safer world,” said Rahall. “These funds will assist our state and local law enforcement in community policing initiatives and in keeping our children out of harm’s way.”