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2012 ICAC Task Force - Los Angeles

Award Information

Award #
2012-MC-FX-K002
Location
Awardee County
Los Angeles County
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$1,838,263

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $582,812)

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Los Angeles ICAC will be hosting a Cyber Crime Prevention Symposium for middle and high school aged youth. This day-long symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of the many relevant topics relating to cyber crime, including panel discussions on Internet safety, cyber bullying and sexting. In addition, due to a recent operational tragedy, the LAPD will be using OJJDP funds to send ICAC officers to training so that they can obtain Emergency Medical Technician certificates. During this recent emergency, this training and the availability of medical equipment was credited for saving the life of a law enforcement official. This type of training could prove to be invaluable in the field during an officer involved situation or to save the life of injured citizens or children.

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.

The Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will continue to improve task force effectiveness in preventing, interdicting, investigating and prosecuting Internet crimes against children by accomplishing the following goals: 1) serving as a resource for communities and agencies within its geographic area; 2) conducting both proactive and reactive investigations into the computer/technology crimes perpetrated against children and youth; 3) serving as a forensic resource to affiliate and non-affiliate agencies within the Task Force's geographical service area; 4) assisting with the successful prosecution of cases at the local, state and federal level; and 5) expanding the LA ICAC Task Force to prevent, interdict, investigate and prosecute Internet crimes against children. To accomplish these goals, the LA ICAC will use grants funds to support overtime costs for Los Angeles Police Department personnel to conduct ICAC investigations, and training and equipment costs to maintain and increase capacity of the LAPD and its ICAC affiliates to investigate and prosecute ICAC cases. Specifically, task force members will attend training events such as the National ICAC Conference, Cybertip Management training, Advanced Cyber Investigations, Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, ICAC Investigative Techniques, High Technology Crime Investigation Association International Conference and Expo, and forensic certification courses. Furthermore, equipment purchases will include a forensic workstation and forensic imaging station, a network storage device as well as tactical equipment for use during execution of search warrants.
NCA/CF

Pursuant to Section 104 of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, the Internet Crimes Against Children (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.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will continue to improve the Los Angeles ICAC Task Force effectiveness in preventing, interdicting, investigating and prosecuting Internet crimes against children by accomplishing the following goals: 1) serving as a resource for communities and agencies within its geographic area; 2) conducting investigations into technology facilitated crimes against children and youth; 3) serving as a forensic resource within the Task Force's geographical service area; 4) assisting with the successful prosecution of cases; and 5) expanding the Los Angeles ICAC Task Force to prevent, interdict, investigate and prosecute Internet crimes against children. To accomplish these goals, the LAPD will use grants funds to: 1) support a percentage of personnel costs for two LAPD ICAC detectives as well as overtime costs for LAPD personnel to conduct ICAC investigations, and 2) support training and equipment costs to maintain and increase the capacity of the LAPD and its affiliates to investigate and prosecute ICAC cases. Specifically, task force members will attend training events such as the National ICAC Conference, CyberTip Management training, Advanced Cyber Investigations, Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, ICAC Investigative Techniques, High Technology Crime Investigation Association International Conference and Expo, and forensic certification courses. Furthermore, equipment purchases will include a forensic workstation and forensic imaging station, a network storage device, laptops as well as tactical equipment for use during execution of search warrants and purchase of forensic software licenses. NCA/CF

Date Created: September 27, 2012