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2016 Central Florida Regional ICAC Task Force Continuation

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2016-MC-FX-K017
Location
Congressional District
Status
No Award
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$825,880

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $411,383)

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 Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) will continue to enhance Central Florida ICAC Task Force efforts to detect, investigate, apprehend and prosecute technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children. In order to ensure that their investigators have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the Central Florida ICAC Task Force will use OJJDP funds to purchase equipment (including forensic examination work stations, network storage devices, and cell phone forensic extraction devices) to support ICAC case investigations; support PCSO investigators and affiliate personnel training costs (including travel and registration fees); and support undercover investigative operation costs. In addition, funds will support PCSO personnel costs for the ICAC Task Force Coordinator position. Finally, the Central Florida ICAC Task Force will provide public education/community outreach to non-law enforcement organizations.
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 Polk County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) will continue to enhance the Central Florida ICAC Task Force efforts to detect, investigate, apprehend and prosecute technology-facilitated sexual exploitation of children. In order to ensure that their investigators have the most up-to-date equipment and training, the Central Florida ICAC Task Force will use OJJDP funds to purchase equipment and supplies (including forensic examination work stations, network storage devices, and cell phone forensic extraction devices) to support ICAC case investigations; support PCSO investigators and affiliate personnel training costs (including travel and registration fees); and support undercover investigative operation costs. In addition, funds will support PCSO personnel costs for the ICAC Task Force Coordinator position. Finally, the Central Florida ICAC Task Force will provide public education/community outreach to non-law enforcement organizations.
NCA/CF.

Date Created: August 25, 2016