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Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force FY 2011

Award Information

Award #
2011-MC-CX-K012
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Total funding (to date)
$1,111,928

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $335,000)

Using OJJDP funds, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will assume the role of lead agency for the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Using these funds, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will ensure a continued effective, sustainable law enforcement response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation by providing funding, equipment, ongoing training and mobile support to agencies statewide. The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Missouri ICAC Task Force and, as a result they will be making more than a dozen sub-awards to affiliate agencies to pay for personnel, equipment and training. In addition, the Sheriff's Department will be purchasing software to host online statewide task force meetings, as well as training webinars.

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.

CA/CF

The St. Charles County Sheriff's Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a result, using OJJDP funds, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will be awarding 15 subgrants to law enforcement affiliate agencies. These subgrants will allow the individual law enforcement agencies to determine their own equipment and training priorities. In addition, the Missouri ICAC will hire a prevention specialist who will present Missouri's newly revised safety message: "We Own the Net," to students, parents and educators. The hiring of this position will greatly enhance Missouri's community safety and outreach efforts.

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 Internet 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

Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, 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 others concerned with Internet 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.

Using grant funds, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will continue its effort to provide an effective statewide response to technology facilitated exploitation of children in the state of Missouri. The Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MO ICAC) will provide access to continuous training, investigative and technical support, equipment funding and mobile response support for affiliated law enforcement agencies statewide. Specifically, the MO ICAC will provide funding to 13 subrecipients throughout the state. Two subrecipients, Franklin County Sheriff's Department and St. Louis Police Department will receive funds for each agency to support one full-time investigative position. These positions also cover forensic examinations and Cybertip management. The remaining 11 subrecipients will be provided funds to support training or equipment costs for the purpose of maintaining and developing ICAC investigative capacity. In addition, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will provide internet safety and preventative efforts through funding a contract prevention specialist position.
NCA/CF

Date Created: August 31, 2011