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Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2015-MC-FX-K012
Location
Awardee County
Franklin
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$997,437

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $346,476)

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 Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (KYICAC) Task Force recognizes that the examination of digital media is a critical component of investigations, demanding skilled examiners in a labor intensive search for evidence. Thus, funds will be used to enhance manpower, equipment, and training. The KYICAC serves the entire state population. Duties of this Task Force include preventative education for parents and teens, investigations of incidents and prosecution of cases. This program includes federal, state and local agency affiliations committed to investigate crimes against children. This Task Force will train and equip investigators and forensic examiners within the Kentucky State Police and at affiliate agencies. The KYICAC will provide instruction and assistance to prosecutors and the judiciary and will collaborate with numerous agencies, schools, and community groups to promote safe and appropriate Internet usage. Finally, the KYICAC will evaluate the progress of the program through the analysis of statistical data by comparing accomplishments of goals from year to year.

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 Kentucky ICAC (KYICAC) recognizes the continuing need to train and equip investigators to be able to capture online predators. Additionally, they will provide the best tools and training to their forensic examiners. The grantee will continue to educate parents and youths about appropriate Internet usage; provide instruction to law enforcement and members of the judiciary; and offer assistance to local, state and federal agencies throughout the Commonwealth. All of these would be adversely affected without continued ICAC funding. While the Internet is making the world a smaller place, it is doing so by exposing youth to dangers that did not exist 40 years ago. Law enforcement must now keep pace with the ever-expanding universe of the digital age – a universe that reaches far beyond state lines. As a result, the KYICAC will continue to train and equip task force investigators and forensic examiners; add affiliate agencies when feasible; and maintain established relationships with local, state and federal agencies.
NCA/CF

The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, 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 resources 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 Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children (KYICAC) Task Force was established to investigate complaints of online victimization of children. Responsibilities of the Kentucky ICAC Task Force include the following: educating youth and parents about appropriate Internet usage, providing instruction to law enforcement and members of the judiciary and offering assistance to local, state and federal agencies throughout the Commonwealth. The program's success will be measured by reviewing how many people attend presentations, how many arrests are made, and how many people are trained. There is no change in focus at this time. This ICAC task force will continue to train and equip investigators and forensic examiners, add affiliate agencies, and maintain established relationships with local, state, and federal agencies.

CA/CF.

Date Created: September 3, 2015