Internet Child Exploitation Unit to Get Upgrades

From Saskatoon, April 21, 2017

A key piece of technology for the Internet Child Exploitation Unit will be receiving much-needed upgrades.

The Board of Police Commissioners has committed 50-thousand dollars to upgrade LACE, which Police Chief Clive Weighill says helps members with the ICE unit track down people who are doing child pornography on the internet. The LACE application allows investigators to classify vast amounts of images and videos obtained from seized devices. However, the software has exceeded its processing and archiving capabilities and is in need of an upgrade. The 50-thousand dollar commitment will be reimbursed by the provincial government through ICE Unit funding. Also at the meeting, the board approved 110-thousand dollars to relocate the Child Center from the current location at 3rd Avenue to a new location closer to police headquarters, which is expected to save them about 20-thousand dollars a year in lease costs. The Child Center houses investigators, Social Services workers and Domestic Violence Court Case Workers, and focuses on investigations involving victims of child abuse. Weighill says the office is currently too small for the growing demand they are facing and is outdated. A report to the board also found two new liquor establishments on either side of the building was creating additional difficulties.

Adam Brilz ,