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FY 2012 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Continuation Program

Award Information

Award #
2012-MC-FX-K008
Location
Awardee County
Maricopa
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$1,149,030

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $350,122)

The Phoenix Police Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a result, using OJJDP funds, the Phoenix Police Department will complete a project to supply, across the State of Arizona, Cellebrite mobile forensic products that will significantly increase the ability of the task forces to respond to the increasing forensic needs in the state. In addition, the Arizona task force will complete the transfer of a new VPN (virtual private network) which will allow them to securely share data with the National Center for Missing & Exploited 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.

Using grant funds, the Phoenix Police Department will enhance its detection, investigation, apprehension and prosecution of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children by providing training for Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZ ICAC) Task Force members. Funds will support overtime costs for Phoenix PD detectives to investigate ICAC cases as well as the ICAC Task Force Commander who is responsible for coordinating and managing AZ ICAC activities and oversight of affiliate agencies. In addition, grant funds will support subawards to the Arizona Department of Public Safety computer forensics laboratory, the Arizona Office of the Attorney General to conduct community awareness outreach and training, and local law enforcement affiliate agencies.
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.

Under this project, the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZ ICAC) Task Force will conduct proactive and reactive investigations, provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, and increase the number of Internet crimes against children offenses being investigated and prosecuted in federal and state courts in Arizona. The Phoenix Police Department will use grant funds to support overtime costs for detectives to investigate ICAC cases as well as the ICAC Task Force Commander who is responsible for coordinating and managing AZ ICAC activities and oversight of affiliate agencies. The Phoenix Police Department will also provide funds to the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to support training and personnel costs for Arizona DPS computer forensic lab personnel to conduct ICAC forensic examinations; provide funding to the Arizona Office of the Attorney General to conduct community awareness outreach and training, and provide subgrants to local law enforcement affiliate agencies for ICAC training and equipment costs.

NCA/CF

Date Created: September 27, 2012