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Internet Crimes Against ChildrenBlue Ridge Thunder

Award Information

Award #
2005-MC-CX-K019
Location
Awardee County
Bedford
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2005
Total funding (to date)
$975,000
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $450,000)

The FY 1998 Justice Appropriations Act, Public Law 105-119 authorized $2.4 million to OJJDP to stimulate the creation of "State and local law enforcement cyber units to investigate childsexual exploitation" by offenders using the Internet or online communications technology. OJJDP developed the ICAC Task Force Program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, equipment, and personnel resources to prevent, interdict, or investigate ICAC offenses. In FY 1998, ten agencies (1st Tier) received ICAC Task Force cooperative agreements. Subsequent annual funding has allowed for the expansion of the ICAC program to grow to 45 Task Forces. Under this program, these agencies serve as regional sources of prevention, education, and investigative expertise to provide assistance to parents, teachers, law enforcement, and other professionals working on child victimization issues. With funding provided by the Fiscal Year 2005 Appropriations Act provided to OJJDP funds, the County of Bedford will continue its multi-agency, multi- disciplinary response to ICAC offenses that is composed of federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and child welfare organizations to: 1) conduct reactive and proactive ICAC investigations; 2) develop a prevention education program; 3) establish a case management system; 4) develop standardized protocol for interagency referrals; and 5) increase forensic and investigative capacity through the acquisition of specialized training and equipment. CA/CF

The FY 1998 Justice Appropriations Act Congress provided $2.4 million to OJJDP create the Internet Crimes Against Children Program. In the Conference report that year specific language provided that OJJDP stimulate the creation of "State and local law enforcement cyber units to investigate childsexual exploitation" by offenders using the Internet or online communications technology.

OJJDP developed the ICAC Task Force Program to assist State and local law enforcement agencies to acquire the necessary knowledge, equipment, and personnel resources to prevent, interdict, or investigate ICAC offenses. In FY 1998, ten agencies (1st Tier) received ICAC Task Force cooperative agreements. Subsequent annual funding has allowed for the expansion of the ICAC program to grow to 46 Task Forces. Under this program, these agencies serve as regional sources of prevention, education, and investigative expertise to provide assistance to parents, teachers, law enforcement, and other professionals working on child victimization issues.

With funding provided by the Fiscal Year 2006 Appropriations Act provided to OJJDP, the Bedford County Sheriff will continue to develop its multi-agency, multi- disciplinary response to ICAC offenses that is composed of federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and child welfare organizations to: 1) conduct reactive and proactive ICAC investigations; 2) serve as a forensic resource; 3)effectively prosecute cases at the local, state, and federal levels; 4)engage in law enforcement and community outreach activities to include: training, technical assistance, and prevention and education activities; 5)serve as a resource for all communities and agencies within the geographic area of responsibility; 6)effectively respond in a timely manner to referrals from agencies (other task forces, federal partners, Cybertipline, etc; 7)formalize law enforcement partnerships through written agreements (for example, memorandums of understanding); 8)provide financial assistance to partner agencies; 9) require that partner agencies adopt ICAC Task Force Investigative Standards as policy; 10) fully participate in nationally coordinated investigations (for example, Peer Precision). CA/CF

Date Created: May 15, 2005