Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $346,610)
The Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children (RIICAC) Task Force, under the administration of the Rhode Island State Police, has served as an independent ICAC Task Force since November 2007. RIICAC continues to work tirelessly to fulfill the national ICAC mission to develop and provide an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases within the State of Rhode Island.
Using OJJDP funding, RIICAC plans to meet the local and national task force goals and objectives through the inclusion of additional personnel to keep up with the demands of investigative and forensic analysis, continued specialized training in emerging investigative techniques, and updated forensic software and hardware, as well as continued targeted educational campaigns to local communities on Internet safety and online child victimization. RIICAC’s measurement of progress towards these goals will be both quantitative in comparison to the number of presentations, affiliate members, and/or investigations in previous years, and qualitative in the ability of task force members to apply the knowledge obtained from training to current RIICAC investigations.