Columbus Police Department Focused on child Internet Safety

Jesse Matthew Jr.
FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2014 file photo Jesse Matthew Jr. looks toward the gallery while appearing in court in Fairfax, Va. Lawyers for the man charged with killing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham want a judge to ban reporters from a pretrial hearing in a separate case. A victim in a 2005 sexual assault is expected to testify at a pretrial hearing Thursday in Fairfax. Thirty-three-year-old Jesse Matthew is charged in the Fairfax attack, and in a separate case with Graham's death. (AP Photo/The Washington Post, Bill O'Leary, Pool)

Authorities in Georgia made 22 arrest recently in “Operation Mayday” in Augusta. It’s a sex sting aimed at keeping Georgia’s children safe while online. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation used agencies statewide in the operation including the Columbus Police department.

The Columbus Police department have detectives monitoring internet usage to prevent child sex crimes. Lieutenant J. Dent-Fitzpatrick explains, “It’s safe to say anything could happen on the computer anywhere so were trying to circumvent it by having a cyber unit and all of our detectives are being trained on how to work cyber crimes, sexual offences on the internet.”

The Columbus Police Department special victims unit focuses on tracking on-line activity with youth in the area. Investigators say they use software like,, and

In 2014 the Task Force made 185 arrests. Moreover, since 2002 GBI has made 1,300 arrests.

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