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2015 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

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Awardee County
Los Angeles County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $630,777)

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 Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will continue to improve Los Angeles ICAC Task Force effectiveness in preventing, interdicting, investigating and prosecuting Internet crimes against children by accomplishing the following goals: 1) serving as a resource for communities and agencies within its geographic area; 2) conducting both proactive and reactive investigations into technology-facilitated crimes against children; 3) serving as a forensic resource within the Task Force's service area; 4) assisting with the successful prosecution of cases; and 5) expanding the LA ICAC Task Force. The LAPD will use grants funds to: 1) support a percentage of personnel costs for two LAPD detectives as well as overtime costs for LAPD personnel to conduct ICAC investigations, and 2) support training and equipment costs to maintain and increase the capacity of the LAPD and its task force affiliates to investigate and prosecute ICAC cases. Specifically, task force members will attend training events such as the National ICAC Conference, Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, Florida ICAC Conference, ICAC National Training and Technical Assistance courses, and digital forensics courses. In addition, funds will support laptop purchases, forensic software licenses, cell phone costs and tactical equipment. NCA/CF

Date Created: August 25, 2015