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FY 2016 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2016-MC-FX-K002
Location
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$711,057

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $230,632)

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 Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), within the state of North Dakota, will continue training and equipping six affiliate agencies to establish computer forensics investigations regionally. BCI will maintain the program with parole and probation officers who manage sex offender caseloads to ensure community safety by conducting home compliance visits. The North Dakota (ND) ICAC will continue to recruit local prosecutors to streamline the current backlog of outstanding ICAC cases. In addition, the ND ICAC task force will enable local, state, and federal law enforcement to continue their efforts to protect children from becoming victims, educate children about the internet, and apprehend and prosecute those responsible for internet crimes. BCI will provide support for ICAC affiliates by paying for training and equipment. Parole and probation sex offender specialists will continue to receive forensic support and training to use their issued laptop computers to conduct more comprehensive searches of computers and equipment controlled by sex offenders living in communities.
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 North Dakota ICAC Task Force will work with parole and probation officers, who manage sex offender caseloads to ensure community safety by conducting home compliance visits. The North Dakota ICAC Task Force will enable local, state, and federal law enforcement to continue their efforts to protect children, educate children about the Internet, and apprehend and prosecute those responsible for Internet crimes. Affiliates will receive training and equipment. The task force will continue to work with and fund Netsmartz. The primary goal is for North Dakota law enforcement to increase their ability to detect, investigate, apprehend, and prosecute Internet predators, as well as, educate children and their parents of the dangers that exist on the Internet. Performance measures will be collected and reported to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Funds will not be used for research.
CA/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 goals of the North Dakota ICAC Task Force are to: 1) recruit and maintain affiliate law enforcement agencies and state prosecutors; 2) continue to offer training to parole and probation sex offender specialists; 3) conduct proactive investigations; 4) successfully conduct forensic examinations for prosecution; 5) provide safety presentations to community members; and 6) support affiliate agencies by providing ICAC training and equipment. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) will ensure community safety by supporting parole and probation officers, who manage sex offender caseloads by assisting with home compliance visits. The North Dakota ICAC Task Force will partner with school resource officers and other affiliates to ensure safety presentations are shared with students and parents. The Task Force will enable local, state, and federal law enforcement to continue their efforts to protect children from becoming victims, educate children about the internet, and apprehend and prosecute those responsible for internet crimes. CA/CF

Date Created: August 25, 2016