CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Identity theft is a growing crime. Millions of Americans are impacted each year. More and more often law enforcement is being called in to help handle the cases.

LifeLock, an identity theft company, has teamed up with the FBI to present a series of summits across the country to bring law enforcement up to date on the latest in cyber crimes.

Paige Hanson is the director of Lifelock’s Education Program and was in Charleston Friday where 55 police officers, deputies and detectives from 15 different agencies gathered to learn more about the ins and out of identity theft at the Charleston Civic Center.

“It really brings them the hands-on tools and resources that they need to combat the crime locally,” explained Hanson.

Unless you’ve graduated from the police academy in the past few years or received some new training, most law enforcement officers don’t have a lot of knowledge about identity theft and how to investigate it. That’s what the LifeLock program is all about teaching law enforcement the basics and connecting them to other departments across the country.

“They have access to a networking document or portal that will allow them now to have contacts throughout the United States and hopefully combat this crime going through different states,  different jurisdictions and having those networking contacts,” stressed Hanson.

West Virginia is the 49th state to receive the free training. She said, once officers know a bit about the crime, they can pass on their knowledge to the public.

“We’re going to give them a number, of different, places where they can actually get free materials and presentations,” according to Hanson. “So now if a community group needs a presentation or, at least, a few pamphlets on identity theft, they’ll be able to provide those resources.”

The Federal Trade Commission has listed identity theft the number one consumer reported crime in the U.S. for the 14th year in a row.


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  • George Douglas

    I.D. theft may be a big problem, but the problem we are having in Pinch and Elkview is drugs and neither the state police or Kanawha County sheriff's department had done anything to stop it. We have had a drug dealer on Morningside Drive for nearly five years. He has had lines of customers some days, in this middle class neighborhood. He deals in broad day light. He, his girl friend, and another friend were arrested in Ohio on the 19th. Why were the state police in Ohio able to come up with an arrest in a single trip through their state and yet he has been dealing in our community for years and they haven't touched him? Jennifer should come to the area and interview people in this community about drugs. We have two other suspected drug dealers within sight of the first one.

  • DWL

    Only the 49th to receive the training? That speaks volumes alone. Wonder who is the 50th? Of course, using the m0r0n's count of states, that leaves 8 to go.