Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $848,038)
The Seattle Police Department ICAC Task Force ($848,038.00) will support three full-time positions. The Detective will actively investigate Operation Fairplay investigative leads and CyberTips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The Management Systems Analyst (MSA) will develop a database to collect data from the forty four (44) affiliate taskforce members and prepare progress reports. The Victim Advocate will provide support to child victims about the criminal justice system and prepare them for trial. Additionally, the Victim Advocate will provide Internet safety training to parents and teachers with the goal of preventing children from being victimized through the Internet. The grant will also be used to pay overtime for ICAC investigators.
This grant program is authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5) (the 'Recovery Act') and by the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2008, (P.L. 110-401, codified at 42 USC 17601 - 17616) ('the PROTECT Act'). The stated purposes of the Recovery Act are: to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery; to assist those most impacted by the recession; to provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health; to invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits; and to stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local tax increases.
The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program seeks to maintain and expand State and regional ICAC task forces to address technology-facilitated child exploitation. These task forces work collaboratively as a national network of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies that prevent, interdict, and investigate Internet crimes against children. The program requires existing task forces to develop multijurisdictional, multiagency responses to such offenses by providing funding and other support to State and local law enforcement agencies as a means to help them acquire the necessary knowledge, personnel, and equipment.