AdZone Research, Inc. (OTCBB:ADZR) today reported that The Suffolk Times, part of the Times-Review Newspapers chain covering Long Island, has featured AdZone's recently launched Online Predator Profiling System (OPPS) in its current issue.
In an article entitled "Software help for the cops," the newspaper reports that "With the help of a Calverton company, the Southold Town Police will have the ability next year to check the Internet for signs of sexual predators looking to connect with local youths."
The newspaper says the Southold Town Board voted without objection last week to contract with AdZone Research for the use of the AdZone program that will allow the detective division to monitor online chat rooms for key phrases that law enforcement officials say pedophiles are known to use.
"We have kids that go into chat rooms and we have predators that go into chat rooms. With this, you actually identify people who might be up to no good," said Police Chief Ty Cochran. "If we identified something that was going on here, we would follow up on it."
"Southold is the first local police department to sign on for AdZone's online predator profiling system (OPPS)," said AdZone President & COO John A. Cardona. "While the program costs just under $1,000, it's free to the town through a grant from a local business."
"OPPS grew out of AdZone's contract to monitor terrorism chat on the Internet, said Cardona, a Southold native who launched the company with his brother, Charles," the paper notes.
The OPPS program records what takes place in chat rooms, and the software searches for certain phrases or names. "If we know that a person has been making inappropriate suggestions to young children, every time he or she has a conversation, the police will be aware of that," said Cardona.
"Information goes back and forth on a regular basis," said Chief Cochran in the news feature. "We all keep in touch. This is just another tool we can use to try to make it safer for our children."
"What's equally important to point out is that the OPPS system can also be utilized very effectively in the search for missing children," said Cardona.
The cost is $999 for an investigator for one year, but the jurisdiction that wants it does not necessarily have to buy it. Citizens who want to donate the system to a local law enforcement agency can go to http://www.adzoneinteractive.com/OPS/index.html to download appropriate forms.
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