EVERETT — Snohomish County prosecutors have landed a $450,000 federal grant to help them better combat child-sex traffickers.
The grant will help pay for creating a team involving a deputy prosecutor, a sheriff’s detective, support staff and forensic computer tools.
“Nothing is more important than protecting our children,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said in a press release. “This grant award reflects the good work already underway in Snohomish County and presents an opportunity to make our community even safer for kids.”
The county is one of just 20 local governments to share in the $9.3 million grant program.
Participating state and local law enforcement agencies will use funds to develop initiatives to help locate, arrest and prosecute child sexual predators and enforce state sex offender registration laws.
More information, including the full list of Child Sexual Predator Program 2011 grantees, can be found online at www.cops.usdoj.gov.