While sex offenders find new ways to target children, police departments are also updating ways to target sex offenders.
That’s why the Dothan Police Department has a newly-trained officer to combat the problem.
Officer Brandi Bowen is now a computer forensic analyst, someone who digs through computer data to find criminal activity.
Chief John Powell says computers are the tool of choice to solicit children and distribute child pornography.
The US attorney's office invited the Dothan Police Department to send Officer Bowen to the month-long training in Georgia so she could serve on a federal task force.
Officer Bowen’s training only cost the department a little more than $400.