Detective gives Internet safety tips for school parents

If there’s one thing Wilton Detective R. Scott Sear knows about the Internet, it is that it is full of dark alleys and shady dead-ends, the same as any city in the foreboding late hours of the night.
“There are dark alleys you would not want to walk down at 3 a.m., and the same could be said of the Internet,” said Sear, who is going to give a presentation on online safety for fourth and fifth grade parents at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at the East Ridge Middle School auditorium.
The event is called “Moving Up and Online.” Admission is free. All Ridgefield schools parents are welcome to attend, said Sear, who is a detective in neighboring Wilton.
“The main thing you want on the Internet is the awareness,” said Sear, who has been in law enforcement more than 21 years.
Currently in the Wilton Detective Division, he investigates all types of criminal complaints in addition to computer crime incidents.
“The criminal mind has changed and become more of a computer criminal, and so police have to keep up with that change,” Sear said.
He has worked closely with parents, educating them on safety around 21st-Century technologies both in his current role as well as in his previous role as a school resource officer, said Capt. Jeff Kreitz, spokesman for the Ridgefield Police Department, which is hosting the event in collaboration with the Ridgefield school district.
As a school resource officer, Sear worked with high school students in areas including direct instruction as part of the high school health curriculum.
Sear is a member of the Connecticut Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He specializes in computer forensics, Kreitz said.
From 2009 to 2012, he was the regional liaison officer for Fairfield County to the Connecticut Intelligence Center, and he has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Parents wishing to attend should register at