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Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory named ‘Agency of the Year’

Eau Claire (WQOW) – An Eau Claire agency is being recognized for its work protecting our children from internet dangers.

The Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (CVRCFL) has been named ‘Agency of the Year,’ for the group’s Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The regional lab examines digital evidence from a crime and also undertakes efforts aimed at individuals who use technology to victimize children.

The award is based on volume of work, technical expertise and collaborative effort with other agencies, like the Eau Claire Police Department, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Altoona Police Department.

The lab houses four full-time examiners, who are all members of the task force.

“Everyone involved in the regional lab is honored by the award. There is a lot of pride in the work that’s done in there. With the award coming from the examiner’s peers, it really made it a special day,” said Deputy Chief Matt Rokus, chairman of the CVRCFL advisory board.

That wasn’t the only award given out. Eau Claire Police Department Detective Wade Beardsley was recognized as the lead investigator for ‘Investigator of the Year,’ regarding the case involving a Texas man who traveled to Eau Claire in an attempt to sex traffick a child. That man was charged in federal court.

Related Story: Grand jury indicts TX man who allegedly tried setting up sex with teen in EC

Photo courtesy of the Eau Claire Police Department

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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