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The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2011-MC-CX-K013
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Total funding (to date)
$714,466

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $222,016)

Using OJJDP funds, the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General will continue to support critical efforts by providing equipment, training, investigative support, public awareness and education, and the coordination of efforts of all participating multi-jurisdictional agencies working with Wyoming. The Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Task Force (ICAC) will continue to develop software that will assist law enforcement in identifying, locating and investigating child exploitation suspects on a national (and global) scale. The Wyoming ICAC Task Force recognizes the importance of strengthening its community outreach capabilities and, as a result will continue to enhance its public awareness campaigns directed at schools, parents, judges, and prosecutors.

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

Using OJJDP funds, the Wyoming Office of the Attorney General will continue to support critical efforts by providing equipment, training, investigative support, public awareness and education, and the coordination of efforts of all participating multi-jurisdictional agencies working within Wyoming. The Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Task Force (ICAC) will continue to develop software that will assist law enforcement in identifying, locating and investigating child exploitation suspects on a national (and global) scale. The Wyoming ICAC Task Force recognizes the importance of strengthening its community outreach capabilities and, as a result will continue to enhance its public awareness campaigns directed at schools, parents, judges, and prosecutors.

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

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.

WY ICAC will: 1) provide opportunities for training on investigating technology facilitated crimes against children; 2) maintain and enhance the Wyoming ICAC Office that provides the server farm related to Operation Fairplay; 3) expand the number of affiliate agencies participating in the WY ICAC; 4) continue to work with federal, local and state officials in developing and prosecuting ICAC cases and provide forensic support when requested; 5) continue to conduct research and development for the national ICAC effort. This research will include enhancements to the Fairplay investigative capabilities, as well programming efforts to implement national de-confliction prior to NIDS being implemented; 6) continue to coordinate and facilitate with Wyoming public schools and NetSmartz to educate Wyoming children; 7) continue the development of a statistical tracking tool to facilitate the accurate and timely reporting of tracked measures; 8) develop method to bypass biometric security measures, which are being utilized to protect contraband; 9) research and develop solutions in the area of online undercover operations in chat rooms, web sites, online gaming environments and develop solutions for law enforcement; and 10) utilize the mobile forensic platform to augment Wyoming ICAC's response and on-site forensic capabilities.
NCA/CF

Date Created: July 18, 2011