Maine bill would fund police cybercrimes unit

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine lawmaker is sponsoring a bill to boost the manpower in the state police cybercrimes division.

Sen. William Diamond is proposing that the state spend $300,000 to hire three or more investigators at the State Police Computer Crimes Unit.

The Windham Democrat said the unit has more than 560 pieces of evidence of sex crimes against children sitting in a closet, but that it doesn’t have the staffing to process all the evidence.

The Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on the measure on Friday. The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/AeWjq8 ) says the committee is slated to vote on the bill March 1.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, http://www.kjonline.com/

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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