Detective receives prestigious award for protecting kids from online predators

A local police detective was honored by the Department of Justice for his work in child pornography cases last month. Now he returns to the Palouse motivated as ever to continue to serve and protect young children in our region.
“It was really, really a great honor,” said Kjorness.
Of the 4000 cybercrimes investigators in the United States, Moscow Police Detective Eric Kjorness was the one to be awarded the National Missing Children’s Protection Act. Back in May he was flown out to Washington D.C. where he met with several justice officials and was given the award.
Knorness said, “I guess humbling to, to see all these people working and to be recognized for this meant a lot to me.”
Detective Kjorness was the only municipal officer at the ceremony but he said it was a team effort and credits his team at Moscow Police and the Latah County Prosecutors office for getting to this point.
“All the detectives here at MPD and the prosecutors at Latah County that we all work together on this so I like to see it as a more of an award for our region because we’re all working together,” said Kjorness.
Kjorness has been with Moscow Police since January of 2016. Before that, he spent 20 years with Lewiston Police. He’s arrested countless criminals accused of possessing or distributing child pornography. He has a simple message for anyone who looks to do harm to children.
“We’re going to keep looking for people that are possessing and sharing child pornography and we’re going to do our best to find them if they’re in this region and get them criminally charged,” said Kjorness.
Detective Kjorness is also part of a state and federal task force that is dedicated to protecting children from online crimes, called the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.