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FY2015 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2015-MC-FX-K036
Location
Awardee County
DELAWARE
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$1,545,605

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $522,910)

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 County Prosecutor's Office (DCPO) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Pennsylvania (PA) ICAC Task Force. DCPO has established the following four priorities for the PA ICAC: 1) maintain ongoing operations of the task force; 2) expand forensic and investigative capacity; 3) conduct community outreach; and 4) continue to investigate and prosecute child sex trafficking. In order to ensure that task force members have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the DCPO will use grant funds to purchase laptops and software updates for affiliate law enforcement agencies, and provide investigative techniques, peer-to-peer, and online ads training for task force members as well as support attendance at two national conferences on child exploitation. DCPO will also use grant funds to support the purchase of forensic software licenses, and overtime costs for DCPO ICAC investigators and computer forensic examiners. 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 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 Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office (DCPO) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Pennsylvania (PA) ICAC Task Force. DCPO has established the following four priorities for the PA ICAC: 1) maintain ongoing operations of the task force; 2) expand forensic and investigative capacity; 3) conduct community outreach; and 4) continue to investigate and prosecute child sex trafficking. DCPO will use grant funds to support personnel costs associated with managing task force reporting requirements and Cybertips, software updates and licenses for affiliate law enforcement agencies, equipment purchases, costs for task force members to attend ICAC Task Force National Training courses such as investigative techniques, peer-to-peer, undercover chat, and online ads, as well as support task force attendance at national and regional conferences on child exploitation, and internet costs for affiliate members. DCPO will also use grant funds to support overtime costs for DCPO ICAC investigators and computer forensic examiners.
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 Delaware County Prosecutor's Office (DCPO) recognizes the importance of expanding the capacity of the Pennsylvania (PA) ICAC Task Force. For Fiscal Year 2017, DCPO has established the following four priorities for the PA ICAC: 1) maintain ongoing operations of the task force; 2) expand forensic and investigative capacity; 3) conduct community outreach; and 4) continue to investigate and prosecute child sex trafficking. In order to ensure that PA ICAC Task Force members have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the DCPO will use grant funds to purchase laptops and software updates for task force and affiliate agencies; provide training on investigative techniques, peer-to-peer, and online ads; and support attendance at two national conferences on child exploitation. DCPO will also use grant funds to support the maintenance of an electronics detection canine, purchase forensic software licenses, and overtime costs for DCPO ICAC investigators and computer forensic examiners. CA/CF

Date Created: September 24, 2015