Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $366,706)
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 Connecticut Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (CT-ICAC-TF) goal is to prevent, interdict, investigate, and prosecute internet crimes against children. The CT-ICAC-TF consists of 52 investigative and forensic-based affiliates. The goals and objectives will be achieved through the following activities: (1) expand the affiliate base and the technical expertise of the Task Force in the areas of Investigations, Forensics, and Community Outreach; (2) work in partnership with Federal agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, U.S. Postal Service, and Homeland Security Investigations; (3) proactively and reactively investigate crimes against children; (4) conduct computer forensic science examinations related to technology-based crimes against children; (5) support the training needs of investigators and forensic science examiners with updated and new cloud, computer, and mobile forensic software/technologies; (6) improve current forensic analysis updated technology and provide better data to assist in investigating crimes against children and a rapid turnaround of analysis; (7) increase the CT ICAC TF’s capability to respond to and analyze the growing number of mobile/cell phones and other electronic devices. The CT ICAC TF Commander will continue to maintain a close working relationship with affiliates, including hosting regular meetings. Affiliates will receive ongoing training, including attending national conferences. ICAC federal grant funding supports overtime for investigators and forensic examiners, training for task force members, supplies, and forensic equipment and licenses. The CT ICAC TF will provide monthly, quarterly, and annual statistics and progress reports.