The Wheeling Police Department has received a generous donation that will help in their fight against online predators.
Members of the Wheeling Moose Lodge presented a "Cop in a Box" to the police department on Wednesday afternoon. The "Cop in a Box" is the latest tool to help officers track on line predators. It consists of hardware and software programs along with a monitor and printer.
Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said the equipment will go a long way toward enforcement and education efforts both locally and across the region. He said, "It's a blessing that they are able to provide this equipment that will be used in our task force and we will put it to use right away."
Randy Smith, with the "Safe Surfin' Foundation" said, "Now they can actually go out into the field and do things that they were not able to do in the past. It kept them at their desk now they can be free to work from different locations."
The Cop in a Box program will allow officers to take part in undercover chats and online searches as well. The program and equipment is provided by the Safe Surfin' Foundation.