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Delaware County ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2012-MC-FX-K040
Location
Awardee County
DELAWARE
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2012
Total funding (to date)
$1,901,405

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $587,718)

Using OJJDP funds, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office will continue its efforts to provide an effective statewide response to technology facilitated exploitation of children in Pennsylvania. This will be accomplished by not only expanding the investigatory and forensic capabilities of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, but by strengthening its community outreach capabilities as well. Specifically, using OJJDP funds, the Pennsylvania ICAC will support the ICACCOPS System. This includes user support and management, system support and maintenance, as well as significant hardware and software upgrades. Finally, to further the goals and objectives of the Pennsylvania ICAC, the task force will conduct an in-state training for all affiliate officers to ensure that they are trained on the most up-to-date version of the ICACCOPS system.

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 Delaware County Prosecutor's Office recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children (PA ICAC) Task Force. In order to ensure that PA ICAC Task Force members have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office will use grant funds to purchase laptops and software updates for affiliate law enforcement agencies, update the forensic lab, and provide trial advocacy, investigative techniques, and peer-to-peer and National ICAC Conference training for ICAC Task Force affiliate agency personnel. Grant funds will also support Assistant District Attorney contracts to conduct community outreach efforts, legal research, and appellate advocacy. In fiscal year 2013, the PA ICAC will continue its sex trafficking of minors/child predation initiative and continue its efforts in cooperation with probation and parole agents in tracking child sex offenders and enforcing Megan's Law registration requirements. In addition to PA ICAC activities, funding will support maintenance and operation of the ICAC COPS website and deconfliction system, which benefits and enhances the nationwide response to Internet Crimes Against Children offenses.
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 Delaware County Prosecutor's Office (DCPO) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Pennsylvania (PA) ICAC Task Force. In Fiscal Year 2014, DCPO has established the following five priorities for the PA ICAC: 1) maintain ongoing operations of the task force; 2) expand forensic and investigative capacity; 3) support ICACCOPS servers; 4) conduct community outreach; and 5) continue to investigate and prosecute child sex trafficking. In order to ensure that PA ICAC Task Force members have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office will use grant funds to purchase laptops and software updates for affiliate law enforcement agencies, provide trial advocacy, investigative techniques, peer-to-peer, National ICAC Conference and Dallas Crimes Against Children training for ICAC Task Force affiliate agency personnel, purchase forensic software licenses, provide equipment upgrades, and support overtime costs for DCPO ICAC investigators and computer forensic examiners. In addition to PA ICAC activities, funding will support maintenance and operation of the ICACCOPS website and deconfliction system, which benefits and enhances the nationwide response to Internet Crimes Against Children offenses.
NCA/CF

Date Created: September 27, 2012