West Milwaukee — The West Milwaukee Police Department has become the fifth police agency in Milwaukee County to join the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to the state Department of Justice.
Membership enables the village to get reimbursement for related expenses and investigative assistance from the state, according to an announcement from the department.
The 10-year-old task force has made 639 arrests, the state says. Many are done by sting operations in which agents pose as minors and communicate over the Internet with adults who are seeking to have sex with children.
Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Shorewood and Wauwatosa are the other task force members in Milwaukee County, according to the state's list.