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OJJDP FY 14 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Invited AwardICAC Task Force Program: Vermont

Award Information

Award #
2013-MC-FX-K435
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2014
Total funding (to date)
$181,374

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $181,374)

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 Vermont Office of Attorney General (VT AGO) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Vermont ICAC Task Force. As a result, the VT AGO will support travel and costs for VT AGO and affiliate personnel to attend core ICAC investigation training such as Undercover Chat and Investigative Techniques as well as to receive training on large scale undercover operations from a partner ICAC Task Force. The VT AGO will continue to subgrant funds to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont (PCAVT) to provide community education in schools throughout the state as well as materials regarding cyber safety and civility. Funds will also support a personnel costs for VT AGO investigators and VT ICAC affiliate agency personnel to conduct ICAC investigations.
NCA/CF

Date Created: January 27, 2016