Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,500,000)
Child exploitation in any of its forms is a national threat to our youth, families, communities and nation as a whole. Technology has continued to advance to a point where computers and mobile devices have become universal. The use of this technology by offenders who target child victims has created both problems and opportunities for criminal justice professionals. Law enforcement agencies require unprecedented technological expertise to respond to these crimes. Training for ICAC agencies is critical to ensure an appropriate investigative response to these crimes. The training need is further compounded by the turnover rate among trained investigators due to mandatory transfers, promotions, “burnout”, ever-changing technology, and ever-changing laws. In this project, the following will be delivered: (1) Deliver 33 in-person and live online instructor-led training classes; (2) Deliver 12 tailored or tailored technical assistance services based on needs of Task Force; (3) Deliver 10 live webinars for members of the ICAC Task Force Program; (4) Deliver 1 on-line, self-paced course; (5) Provide Access to Additional Online, Self-paced Classes; (6) Provide On-demand Access to Relevant Recorded Webinars; (7) Develop and Maintain cadre of Subject Matter Experts; (8) Develop and Maintain Training Curricula Responsive to Constantly Evolving Technological and Investigative Advances; (9) Conduct comprehensive program evaluations; (10) Ensure an optimal training environment for students.