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To form a Montana ICAC Task Force to focus on increasing the investigation and prosecution of child sexual exploitation.

Award Information

Award #
2007-DD-BX-K077
Location
Awardee County
YELLOWSTONE
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2007
Total funding (to date)
$450,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $250,000)

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 2007 Appropriations Act provided to OJJDP, the Billings Police Department will develop a 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

Using OJJDP funds, the Billings Police Department ICAC will provide financial support for salaries and overtime for law enforcement personnel in ten affiliated agencies throughout the State of Montana in order to improve statewide capacity to investigate ICAC related offenses. Additionally, the Billings Police Department will pay for travel and tuition costs associated with training the task force personnel.

The Billings Police Department will continue to operate its Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force as part of the national ICAC program operated by OJJDP. The Montana ICAC, pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Act, 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, educator, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other concerned with Interne crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency responses and partnerships 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 resource of such task force; 6) establish or adopt investigative and prosecution standards consistent with 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 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; 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.

NCA/CF

Date Created: September 25, 2007