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Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2009-MC-CX-K051
Location
Awardee County
Harris
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2009
Total funding (to date)
$1,270,527

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)

Using OJJDP funds, the Pasadena Independent School District Police Department (PISDPD) will develop a new ICAC Task Force to serve the Houston metropolitan area. The award will support two full time staff, including a Lieutenant, who will coordinator the regional task force effort, and a Detective, who will investigative ICAC related offenses. Additionally, PISDPD will subgrant with the La Porte Police Department for the services of a full time forensic examiner and the Harris County District Attorney's Office for a full time investigator.

The Pasadena Independent School District Police Department will begin its Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force as part of the national ICAC program operated by OJJDP. The Houston Metropolitan ICAC Task Force, 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

Using OJJDP funds, the Pasadena Independent School District Police Department (PISDPD), in support of the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force, will pay the salaries of two department detectives assigned to the task forces. The PISDPD will also provide subgrant funds to the Harris County District Attorneys Office to cover the salary costs of a full time investigator and to the La Porte Police Department to cover the salary costs of a full time computer forensic examiner.
Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Act, the Houston Metro ICAC Task Force 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

Using OJJDP funds, the Pasadena Independent School District Police Department (PISDPD)will continue to coordinate the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Specifically, the PISDPD will use grant funds to pay the salary of a full time police department lieutenant responsible for Command of the regional task force effort. Additionally, grant funds will cover the salary and benefits of a program specialist responsible for providing investigative and administrative support to the task force. PISDPD will also contract with the Harris County District Attorney's Office to pay for the salary of a full time ICAC investigator and contract with the LaPorte Police Department to pay the salary of a full time computer forensic examiner.

Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Act, the ICAC Task Force 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 23, 2009