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National workshop encourages collaboration to prevent the sexual exploitation of children

Fredericton , NB — May 16, 2006 — From May 16 to 18, 95 law enforcement officers from across Canada are participating in the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) national workshop to fight the online sexual exploitation of children.

Workshop participants represent 34 law enforcement agencies across Canada and three foreign agencies that include the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Unit (CEOP) in the United Kingdom and the German Federal Criminal Police.

Coordinated efforts by law enforcement across provincial, federal and international borders are key to stopping the borderless nature of these crimes committed by Internet sexual predators. The ultimate objective of these committed law enforcement officers is not only to catch these criminals, but to identify and remove their young victims from harm.

As Canada 's national centre, the NCECC works collaboratively with law enforcement across Canada and internationally to specifically combat this type of criminal activity. The NCECC's annual workshop is one more way to effectively develop and share methods and processes among those who work in the area of Internet-faciliated child sexual exploitation.

“This learning and intelligence sharing opportunity is specifically designed to provide investigators with the tools they need to do their jobs more effectively”, says Superintendent. Earla-Kim McColl, Officer in Charge of the NCECC. “By creating links between police agencies across the country and internationally, the NCECC is assisting law enforcement in preventing the abduction, endangerment and sexual exploitation of children.”

Workshop speakers include representatives from the CEOP and theVirtual Global Taskforce in the U.K. , the German Federal Criminal Police, the Department of Justice, the health care sector, industry and municipal law enforcement agencies.

The workshop is being co-hosted by the RCMP's “J” Division. It promotes the sharing of best practices and training in new investigative techniques through presentations and interactive breakout sessions on topics relevant to investigating Internet faciliated child sexual exploitation.

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For more information, please contact:

•  RCMP Media Relations at (613) 993-2999

•  Michelle Rose, RCMP Communication Strategist at (613) 291-2281

•  Sgt. Terry Lee Kennedy at (506) 452-4252 or (506) 470-9505