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FY 2013-2014 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2013-MC-FX-K022
Location
Awardee County
Fresno
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$919,992

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $312,159)

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 Fresno County Sheriff's Office recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In order to ensure that their investigators have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the Central California ICAC will use OJJDP funds to purchase up to five (5) forensic laptops and provide mobile data system forensic software to Task Force members as well as send Task Force investigators to peer-to-peer, undercover investigations, forensic, and trial advocacy training sessions. Grant funds will support a Community Outreach Officer at the Fresno County Sheriff's Office who will provide community awareness presentations, maintain all Task Force inventory, coordinate all ICAC-related tactical operations and training, and manage Cybertips referred to the Central California ICAC.
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 Fresno County Sherriff's Office (FSCO) has identified the following goals for the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force: 1) investigate computer crimes against children; 2) provide educational programs aimed at law enforcement officers, teachers, parent, and children; 3) serve as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies within the Central California regions; and 4) prosecute cases at the local, state and federal level. In order to accomplish these goals, the FCSO will support personnel costs of an ICAC detective to conduct investigations and a community service office to manage Cybertips and assist with community awareness activities as well as grant administration. In addition, grant funds will support costs associated with sending Task Force members to peer-to-peer, undercover investigations, and forensic training as well as the National ICAC conference.

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 Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FSCO) has identified the following goals for the Central California ICAC Task Force: 1) investigate computer crimes against children; 2) provide educational programs aimed at law enforcement officers, teachers, parents, and children; 3) serve as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies within the Central California regions; and 4) prosecute cases at the local, state and federal level. In order to accomplish these goals, the FCSO will support personnel costs of an ICAC detective to conduct investigations and a community service officer to manage Cybertips and assist with community awareness activities as well as grant administration. In addition, grant funds will support costs associated with sending Task Force members to peer-to-peer, undercover investigations, and digital forensic training as well as the three regional and national conferences on child exploitation. FSCO will also use funds to support the purchase of laptops for task force members, forensic investigative equipment and software necessary to complete ICAC investigations. NCA/CF

Date Created: September 3, 2013