Sheriff Tim Leslie is pleased to announce that Dakota County has been awarded a grant from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. This grant is a three-year project which will enhance the efforts of the Dakota County Electronic Crime Task Force solely for the protection of women from crimes of violence and to investigate and prosecute offenders. The grant award is for $150,000 per year, totaling $450,000 during the three-year grant period.
Monies received under grant funding will be spent to gather evidence of domestic and sexual violence, as well as stalking-related electronic crimes. One full-time examiner who is schooled in computer forensic examinations will be funded by the grant, as well as a part-time coordinator who will work to improve the judicial process from a case’s inception through prosecution for the victims.
Under a previous grant which has since expired, the Electronic Crime Task Force worked with victims to successfully and safely recover evidence and prosecute offenders. During that time, the task force also partnered with both 360 Communities and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW). This cooperative effort provided for a victim-centered approach during the judicial process. The task force is happy that, with the new grant funding received, an investigator can continue to be assigned to investigate these offenses as his/her primary duty.