ALERT’s (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams) ICE (Internet Child Exploitation) teams investigate a range of criminal offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the internet, voyeurism involving underage victims, and child sex trade/tourism. ICE teams also investigate sextortion involving minors.

Intakes and case referrals have nearly tripled over a 6 year period. Since last year, ICE experienced over an 8% increase, in a continued upward trend since the pandemic and continued increase in youth digital dependency. New provincial funding has allowed ALERT to address the increased pressure with additional resources.

Speaker: Heather Bangle

Cst. Heather Bangle has been a member of the RCMP for over 22 years. She served 6 ½ years in general duties before transferring to the ALERT Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit in 2008. In 2011 Heather transferred within ALERT to the Southern Alberta ICE unit and has years of experience investigating all child exploitation offences committed online here in Canada and around the world. Heather has received extensive training in regards to ICE, including the Digital Technologies for Investigators course, the Canadian Internet Child Exploitation course and the Advance Internet Child Exploitation course, all hosted by the Canadian Police College.

Heather Bangle has received training for Online Covert Investigations, Peer to Peer Investigations and Search Warrant Drafting through the RCMP and is a qualified Child Forensic Interviewer. She has also attended several conferences and workshops specific to Internet Child Exploitation across North America where ICE investigators and other agencies committed to the protection of children are able to network and learn best practices for the always evolving world of the Internet and technology.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 7, 2024. The presentation begins at 12 noon and concludes at 1pm

Cost: Free, donations, however, are gratefully accepted.

Location: Lethbridge Senior Citizens Organization (LSCO), Dining Room, 500-11 Street S, Lethbridge

Lunch & Refreshments: The atrium Dining Room will be available by 11:15 am. Please arrive early to patronize the LSCO cafeteria and enjoy their excellent variety of good value food options.

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