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FY2013 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2013-MC-FX-K011
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$719,591

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $241,641)

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 Anchorage Police Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a result, using OJJDP funds, the Anchorage Police Department will work to continue to develop relationships with their federal partners and will attempt to increase the number of state law enforcement affiliate members to the Task Force by working with agencies individually and collectively to provide training and support that will enable them to investigate computer crimes against children. In addition, the Alaska ICAC will continue to build upon the knowledge and skill level of the task force by increasing their training (both in-person and web-based). The Alaska ICAC will add a minimum of one new law enforcement or prosecutorial agency to the Alaska ICAC Task Force during the grant performance period and will provide technical assistance to Affiliate Task Force agencies in Alaska to ensure the equipment and training is sufficient to achieve the objectives, with a special emphasis on expanding forensic capabilities.

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 Anchorage Police Department recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. As a result, using OJJDP funds, the Anchorage Police Department will work to continue to develop relationships with their federal partners and will attempt to increase the number of state and local law enforcement affiliate members to the Task Force by working with agencies individually and collectively to provide training and support that will enable them to investigate computer crimes against children. The Alaska ICAC will continue to build upon the knowledge and skill level of the task force by increasing their training (both in-person and web-based). In addition, the Alaska ICAC Task Force will continue to conduct public outreach and education to law enforcement agencies, members of the judicial system, and community members on the dangers posed to children via the Internet and how to respond to this ever-increasing threat, with a special emphasis on expanding forensic capabilities.

NCA/CF

The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, as established by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, consists of State and local law enforcement task forces dedicated to developing effective responses to online enticement of children by sexual predators, child exploitation, and child obscenity and pornography cases. Each State and local task force that is part of the national program 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, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement, and others concerned with Internet crimes against children; 4) develop multijurisdictional, multiagency partnerships and responses 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 established 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 the 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 for ICAC task force lead agencies and affiliate agencies; 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 Anchorage Police Department (APD) Cyber Crimes Unit has been aggressively investigating and prosecuting manufacturers, distributors and consumers of child pornography since the inception of the ICAC Task Force in 2007. This grant proposal in the amount of $238,087 will provide funding to support overtime, travel, training, computer and investigative equipment to the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which serves a population of over 736,732. The Alaska ICAC Task Force will attempt to increase the number of state law enforcement affiliate members. The Alaska ICAC Task Force will continue to conduct public outreach and education to law enforcement agencies, members of the judicial system, and community members on the dangers posed to children via the Internet.
NCA/CF

Date Created: September 17, 2013