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Colorado ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2012-MC-FX-K009
Location
Awardee County
El Paso
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$1,095,280

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $345,744)

The Colorado Springs Police Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a result, using OJJDP funds, the Colorado Springs Police Department will seek to attract new affiliates, especially in the more rural areas of Colorado, by providing funding that will enable these affiliates to attend training, purchase computer equipment/upgrades, as well as computer software and supplies, and by providing overtime compensation for ICAC investigations. Finally, the Colorado ICAC will seek to increase the efficiency of its forensic operations by ensuring that its examiners have the training and equipment to conduct onsite forensically sound triage of computer equipment.

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 Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has two primary goals for the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children (CO ICAC) Task Force funding: 1) ensure a comprehensive, viable Task Force to address technology-facilitated child exploitation and Internet crimes against children; and 2) improve Task Force effectiveness in handling these crimes. To accomplish these goals, the CSPD will continue to support new and current affiliates by supporting personnel overtime costs for local law enforcement agencies and training to effectively investigate these crimes. Task Force members will also serve as a forensic resource for ICAC investigations. All affiliate agencies will participate fully in investigations by providing effective and timely responses to referrals from other agencies. Outcomes will be measured by tracking changes in Colorado ICAC membership, percentage change in investigations, arrests, and computer forensic examinations compared to historical data, and the number of training sessions provided, along with the number of personnel attending each training session. Specific training events that CO ICAC members will attend include the National ICAC Conference, cell phone forensics, Computer and Enterprise Investigations, WC3 Conference, Interdiction for the Protection of Children Conference, and EnCase Passport. CSPD will also provide affiliate agencies computer equipment and software necessary to investigate these crimes, including Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device System and Forensic Toolkit.
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 Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has two primary goals for the Colorado Internet Crimes Against Children (CO ICAC) Task Force funding: 1) ensure a comprehensive, viable Task Force to address technology-facilitated child exploitation and Internet crimes against children; and 2) improve Task Force effectiveness in handling these crimes. To accomplish these goals, the CSPD will continue to support new and current affiliates by supporting personnel overtime costs for local law enforcement agencies and training to effectively investigate these crimes. Task Force members will serve as a forensic resource for ICAC investigations. All affiliate agencies will participate fully in investigations by providing effective and timely responses to referrals from other agencies. Outcomes will be measured by tracking changes in Colorado ICAC membership, percentage change in investigations, arrests, and computer forensic examinations compared to historical data, and the number of training sessions provided, along with the number of personnel attending each training session. Specific training events that CO ICAC members will attend include the National ICAC Conference, cell phone forensics, Computer and Enterprise Investigations, EnCase Passport, Basic Internet Investigations, Peer to Peer Investigations, and Undercover Chat investigations.

NCA/CF

Date Created: September 27, 2012