Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $292,000)
This program is funded under the authority of the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2008, (42 USC 17601-17611, et seq.)(the PROTECT Act).
Using OJJDP funds, the Bossier City Marshal's Office will coordinate the activities of federal, state, parish and city law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, judiciary, and child advocacy organizations to work within a collaborative system of care to investigate and prosecute commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) crimes in Northwest Louisiana. Additionally, the Marshal's Office will provide services and resources to meet the needs of CSEC victims.
Specifically, the Marshal's Office will purchase computer equipment and software necessary to manage CSEC field investigations, cover the costs of a three a days of on-site training for 35 - 50 Northwest Louisiana victim service providers, law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, mental health practitioners, and community resource professionals in order to increase their understanding of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Lastly the Marshal's Office will pay the travel and training expenses associated with sending numerous law enforcement and human service professionals to various training to increase their knowledge of investigating CSEC cases and providing appropriate services to the victims. (CA/CF)