Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $417,821)
The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, consists of state and local law enforcement task forces dedicated to developing effective responses to online enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, and child obscenity and pornography cases. Each State and local task force that is part of the national program shall: 1) consist of State and local investigators, prosecutors, forensic specialists, and education specialists who are dedicated to addressing the goals of the task force; 2) engage in proactive investigations, forensic examinations, and effective prosecutions of Internet crimes against children; 3) provide forensic, preventive, and investigative assistance to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency partnerships and responses to Internet crimes against children offenses through ongoing informational, administrative, and technological support to other State and local law enforcement agencies, as a means for such agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and specialized equipment to investigate and prosecute such offenses; 5) participate in nationally coordinated investigations in any case in which the Attorney General determines such participation to be necessary, as permitted by the available resources of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with established norms, to which such task force shall comply; 7) investigate, and seek prosecution on tips related to Internet crimes against children, including tips from Operation Fairplay, the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline, ICAC task forces, and other Federal, State, and local agencies, with priority being given to investigate leads that indicate the possibility of identifying or rescuing child victims, including investigative leads that indicate a likelihood of seriousness of offense or dangerousness to the community; 8) develop procedures for handling seized evidence for ICAC task force lead agencies and affiliate agencies; 9) maintain reports required by OJJDP and other reports and records as determined by the Attorney General; and, 10) seek to comply with national standards regarding the investigation and prosecution of Internet crimes against children, as set forth by the Attorney General, to the extent such standards are consistent with the law of the State where the task force is located.
The Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (KYICAC) serves the entire commonwealth and focuses on training and equipping investigators throughout the state who can react to complaints and pursue proactive investigations when feasible. The primary responsibilities of the Kentucky ICAC Task Force are three-fold: investigation and prosecution of offenders; examination of digital evidence; and prevention in the form of education and public awareness. To perform these responsibilities, the Kentucky ICAC Task Force will provide training and equipment for law enforcement agencies that can react to complaints, pursue proactive investigations, and analyze digital evidence seized as part of these cases. Funds will support tools and trainings for investigators and forensic examiners. This task force's approach includes the following: provide education and public awareness for teens, parents, and other groups; provide instruction on the nuances of digital/electronic cases for prosecutors, the judiciary and law enforcement; and provide technical assistance for any law enforcement agency in the state that requests help. The success of these efforts will be measured in various ways via monthly, quarterly, and annual statistics and progress reports.