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Rep. Ratcliffe’s law leads to prosecution of child exploitation criminals in Northeast Texas

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) legislation to fight crime using digital evidence led to the prosecution of dozens of child exploitation cases throughout Northeast Texas since it was signed into law by President Donald Trump last year. “I’m incredibly grateful that my new law allows law enforcement officers in Northeast Texas to better leverage digital avenues to get dangerous child sex offenders off the streets,” Ratcliffe said. “Whether it’s a cell phone call that was made, or a geolocation that was sent – we’ve got many emerging ways to pinpoint predators in our communities. It’s critical that our state and local police know what digital evidence to look for and how to find it, so we can prosecute those who commit sickening crimes against the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act (P.L. 115-76) equips state and local law enforcement officers to properly identify and collect evidence needed to prosecute an increasing number of cases involving digital footprints. The law enables officers from across the country to learn about the collection of cyber evidence from Secret Service agents at the National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) in Hoover, Ala. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe announces 2018-2019 Congressional Student Leadership Program

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) invited high school sophomores and juniors in Texas’ 4th District today to apply for the 2018-2019 Congressional Student Leadership Program (CSLP). This marks the third year of the program. “I launched the CSLP to give young folks an opportunity to learn about the role of the federal government and functions of a congressional office in an interactive setting. The program allows them to engage face-to-face with other students who are interested in learning about politics and hearing from their elected officials firsthand,” Ratcliffe said. “I’ve been highly impressed with the CSLP participants in previous years, and I have no doubt we’ll have another group of talented young folks join us this school year.”

Participants are selected based on their academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and demonstration of leadership. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe announces Bowie County Rising Lone Star winners

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced today the 2018 Rising Lone Star winners from Bowie County. The recipients included Timothy Brown and Corey Cox from Liberty Eylau High School; Brandy Nicole Swink and Joe Sanders Hendrix from Redwater High School; Emily Jennings and Gage Jones from Maud High School; and Philip Moore and Madison Whisenhunt from Hooks High School. “Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and the Rising Lone Star program gives us the opportunity to showcase young folks who’ve distinguished themselves on the fast track to success. I look forward to seeing what they’ll accomplish as thoughtful, engaged members of the Northeast Texas community in the years to come,” Ratcliffe said. Ratcliffe launched the Rising Lone Star award program to recognize high school students throughout Texas’ 4th District who exhibit outstanding leadership or service in their schools and communities. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe hosts Emergency Management Summit

Officials discussed how to enhance response strategies in Northeast Texas

Paris, TX- The Office of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) hosted the first-ever Emergency Management Summit this week to help emergency management professionals in Texas’ 4th District prepare for major weather disasters requiring federal assistance.  Local emergency managers and county fire marshals from across all 18 counties in Ratcliffe’s district were invited to network, exchange ideas and lessons learned, and engage in candid conversation with representatives from federal agencies during the day-long Summit held in Paris, Texas.  Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) speaks to emergency management officials at Summit
 “As Northeast Texans, we’re all too familiar with the destruction and devastation that can be wreaked by natural disasters and severe weather. In fact, we’ve already faced four separate emergencies requiring federal aid since I’ve been in Congress,” Ratcliffe said.  “I’ve certainly been inspired by the resilience our communities have shown in the wake of the disasters we’ve faced, and I realize that this powerful endurance was enhanced by collaboration between volunteers, first responders and folks at all levels of government. Continue Reading →

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