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FY 13 Delaware Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2013-MC-FX-K020
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$717,149

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $241,006)

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 Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) will enhance its detection, investigation, apprehension and prosecution of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children by maintaining the employment of two Delaware DOJ full time Special Investigators exclusively assigned to the Task Force. Funding will also be used to hire an additional Senior Forensic Investigator thus allowing the Task Force to address more of the hundreds of distributors of child sexual exploitation images that reside in Delaware. As a result, the Task Force will bolster the number of cases it can develop and bring to prosecution. In addition, the overall effectiveness of the Task Force will increase with the addition of this position as it will facilitate the rapid arrest of the owner/operator of a digital device used to sexually exploit a child. This investigative staffing will enhance the aggressive investigation and follow-up of all tips and referrals, proactive peer-to-peer investigations, and participation in nationally coordinated investigations.
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 Department of Justice, partnered with the Delaware State Police and the United States Attorney's Office, with the support of the other Delaware ICAC Task Force affiliates, will continue its collaborative and multi-faceted law enforcement and prosecutorial Task Force to enhance the state's ability to prevent, identify, investigate and prosecute predators that prey on children. The primary goal of the Task Force involves expanding the quantity and quality of detection, investigation, apprehension and prosecution of electronic communications-facilitated crimes against children. Specifically, grant funding will be utilized to support personnel costs of three Department of Justice Special Investigators assigned to the Task Force. Since the addition of these investigators under past ICAC funding, the Task Force has seen a substantial increase in the number of investigations, search warrants, arrests and digital forensic examinations of child sexual exploitation cases.
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 Delaware Department of Justice, partnered with the Delaware State Police and the United States Attorney's Office, with the support of the Delaware ICAC Task Force affiliates, will continue its collaborative and multi-faceted law enforcement and prosecutorial Task Force to enhance the state's ability to prevent, identify, investigate and prosecute predators that prey on children. The primary goal of the Task Force involves expanding the quantity and quality of detection, investigation, apprehension and prosecution of electronic communications-facilitated crimes against children. Specifically, grant funding will be utilized to support personnel costs of three Department of Justice Special Investigators assigned to the Task Force. Since the addition of these investigators under past ICAC funding, the Task Force has seen a substantial increase in the number of investigations, search warrants, arrests and digital forensic examinations of child sexual exploitation cases. In addition, grant funding will support travel for specialized training and to required ICAC Task Force Program meetings, and telephone equipment and service to support task force investigations.

NCA/CF

Date Created: September 3, 2013