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July 9, 2003

ULM and the Gulf States Regional Community Policing Institute Team Up

Today in the computer learning center on the third floor of the ULM Airways Science Building, a class called, "The Use of Computers in the Sexual Exploitation of Children" is being taught to 34 participants from all over the state including law enforcement and community leaders. Instructor Victoria Smith from the Louisiana Computer Forensics Group is teaching the class.

The following information is from the web site:, which is the Homepage for Gulf States Regional Community Policing Institute

Course description:
The course will be about understanding the scope of the use of computers in the sexual exploitation of children and how law enforcement and community leaders can establish an effective response to this problem.

Participant Objectives:
1. To provide attendees with facts illustrating the influence and prevalence of computers and the Internet in everyday life, especially with children.

2. To provide information on sexual predators and how their behavior patterns are facilitated by the Internet and computers.

3. To provide a basic overview of how computers and Internet communications function.

The GSRCPI is headquartered (fiduciary) at Northwestern and the director is in New Orleans. It is a tri--state effort (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) and is funded by about a $750,000 federal grant.

ULM partnered with the GSRCPI through the North Delta Regional Training Academy to offer this training in Northeast Louisiana.

For more information, call Charlotte Owens at 342-1849.

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