CLEVELAND -- The Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force or ICAC has a new tool in its arsenal.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and Task Force Chairman Bill Mason unveiled a new mobile forensic lab to the public Tuesday afternoon. Mason referred to the high-tech truck as the “Bat Mobile” and said it would help streamline investigations into child exploitation.
"Every day some of these predators are online trying to get to our children, so anything we can do to make sure that when we do catch them, that they don't get away, we're all for," he said.
The Department of Justice covered the $147,900 cost of the mobile lab. Mason said it comes equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including three forensic work stations, an exterior work station with 40 inch LCD monitor, A DVR with DVD and videotape players, a wireless printer, WIFI capability, an interview room with video and audio recording capabilities, a back-up camera and other electronic accessories.
Mason said the mobile lab will make it easier for the task force to continue its 100% conviction rate, allowing investigators to process computer hard-drives, video recordings and other evidence at suspected crime scenes.
Mason said he expects the lab to help reduce a backlog of cases. The Bat Mobile will be made available to police departments across all 88 counties of Ohio.