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Sergeant Ernest Britton

Supervisor, Child Exploitation Squad, Atlanta Police Department

Sergeant Ernest Britton has been with the Atlanta Police Department for 20 years.  Last eight years as the supervisor of the Child Exploitation Squad.  During that time he has changed the way the Atlanta Police investigates sexual abuse on children.  Sgt. Britton also joined the GBI Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in 2005.  In 2006 he had the squad focus on Commercial Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and Human Trafficking.  Partnering with Non-Government Organizations, he wanted to makes sure these rescued children could receive proper care, while his investigators focused on making criminal cases against the exploiters.  Sergeant Britton realized that many more juveniles were being brought into and taken out the state.  He sought out the assistance of the FBI to partner in building Federal cases against these exploiters.  This led to including other law enforcement agencies coming together to form the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation (MATCH) Task Force in 2007.  Since that time the MATCH has grown in participation each year.  MATCH has directly rescued or assisted in the rescue of over 300 children.  Over 20 exploiters have been found guilty or pleaded guilty on Federal or State charges of Human Trafficking or related charges to Human Trafficking.  Sergeant Britton worked on the Fulton County Child Abuse/ Commercial Exploited Child Protocol.  He continues to work on best practices for conducting child abuse investigations.