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FY 2013 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $247,359)

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 Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), through the North Dakota Office of Attorney General, will train and equip five affiliate agencies to establish computer forensics investigations regionally. In addition to equipping affiliate agencies, BCI will maintain the program with parole and probation officers who manage sex offender caseloads to ensure community safety by conducting home compliance visits. The North Dakota (ND) ICAC will continue to recruit local prosecutors to streamline the current backlog of outstanding ICAC cases. As well, ND ICAC will continue to bring training into North Dakota.

The ND ICAC task force will enable local, state, and federal law enforcement to continue their efforts to protect children from becoming victims, educate children about the internet, and apprehend and prosecute those responsible for internet crimes. BCI will provide support for ICAC affiliates by paying for training and equipment. In addition, parole and probation sex offender specialists will continue to receive forensic support and training to use their issued laptop computers to conduct more comprehensive searches of computers and equipment controlled by sex offenders living in communities. ND ICAC will continue to work with and fund Netsmartz and/or ICAC training with local law enforcement school resource officers. The ultimate goal is for North Dakota law enforcement to increase their ability to detect, investigate, apprehend, and prosecute internet predators, as well as educate children and their parents of the dangers that exist on the internet, how to avoid this danger, and how to report potential predators.


Date Created: September 15, 2013