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Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2016-MC-FX-K021
Location
Awardee County
Fresno
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$996,327

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $316,096)

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 Fresno County Sheriff's Office (FSCO) has identified the following goals for the Central California ICAC Task Force: 1) investigate computer crimes against children; 2) provide educational programs aimed at law enforcement officers, teachers, parents, and children; 3) serve as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies within the Central California region; and 4) prosecute cases at the local, state and federal level. In order to accomplish these goals, the FCSO will support personnel costs of an ICAC detective to conduct investigations and a community service officer to manage Cybertips and assist with community awareness activities as well as grant administration. In addition, grant funds will support costs associated with sending Task Force members to investigative techniques, undercover investigations, and digital forensic training as well as two regional and national conferences on child exploitation. FSCO will also use funds to support the purchase of laptops for task force members, forensic investigative equipment and software licenses necessary to complete ICAC investigations.
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 Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) has identified the following goals for the Central California ICAC Task Force: 1) investigate computer crimes against children; 2) provide educational programs aimed at law enforcement officers, teachers, parent, and children; 3) serve as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies within the Central California regions; and 4) prosecute cases at the local, state and federal level. In order to accomplish these goals, the FCSO will support personnel costs of an ICAC detective to conduct investigations and a community service officer to manage Cybertips and assist with community awareness activities, and grant administration. In addition, grant funds will support costs associated with sending Task Force members to training on investigative techniques, undercover investigations, and digital forensics as well as regional and national conferences on child exploitation. FCSO will also use funds to support the purchase of laptops for task force members, forensic investigative equipment and software licenses necessary to complete ICAC investigations.
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 Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) – Central California ICAC Task Force is dedicated to locating, identifying, and arresting those who sexually exploit children through the use of technology. OJJDP grant funds will be used to investigate technology-facilitated crimes against children by improving and enhancing investigative responses. The funding will also be used to provide educational programs aimed at law enforcement officers, teachers, parents, and children, as well as to serve as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies within their geographical service area throughout Central California. Finally, grant funds will be used to prosecute cases at the local, state, and federal level; and to participate in nationally-coordinated investigations. CA/CF.

Date Created: August 25, 2016