Newport police joins Internet Crimes Task Force

The Newport Beach Police Department has joined the Internet Crimes Task Force partnering with Los Angeles police to address child pornography cases.

Newport Beach police joined the 13-year-old task force after the Los Angeles Police Department approached the NBPD in July.

"By joining this task force NBPD detectives are provided with the specialized training and resources to proactively target online predators and keep them from victimizing children who live in this city," Sgt. Shontel Sherwood, of the Juvenile Crimes and Sexual Assault unit, said in an email.

The task force works with statewide and local agencies in addressing "cyber enticement" and child pornography cases, according to an NBPD news release.

—Lauren Williams

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