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Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2017-MC-FX-K020
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2017
Total funding (to date)
$1,434,047

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $425,769)

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 purpose of this project is to enhance and expand the Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force to address technology-facilitated child exploitation in order to prevent, interdict, and investigate ICAC offenses. In order to achieve the project’s goals and objectives, the San Jose Police Department (PD) identified these activities for the Task Force: 1) conduct thorough and efficient computer forensic examinations and investigations; 2) continue partnerships with county and Federal prosecutors to increase prosecutions; 3) build capacity in its geographical region to increase the number of agencies involved in the Task Force; and 4) conduct community outreach and education on Internet safety. These activities will work to increase Task Force and affiliate capacity to investigate cases; conduct sound, efficient forensic searches; and increase public awareness about ICAC and prevention and intervention resources. Funding will be used to provide: investigative personnel overtime and training to ICAC members, such as; the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation, computer forensics training, and National ICAC core training. In addition, the San Jose PD will use grant funds for operational and investigative costs such as software licenses, storage devices, and internet and smartphone service. 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 San Jose Police Department (SJPD), operating the Silicon Valley’s Regional ICAC Task Force, will utilize OJJDP grant funds to continue enhancing and expanding Task Force operations to address technology-facilitated crimes against children. In order to achieve the project’s goals and objectives, the SJPD proposes to: 1) Increase the ability of law enforcement affiliates to investigate ICAC related cases; 2) Increase the ability of the Task Force, including affiliates, to search computers in a forensically sound and efficient manner; and 3) Increase public awareness about ICAC and provide parents and children with prevention and intervention information. Funding will be used for investigative personnel overtime and training for ICAC members (to include: the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation; computer forensics training; and, National ICAC core training. Finally, the SJPD will use grant funds for operational and investigative costs such as software licenses, storage devices, and internet and smartphone service. 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 Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force (SVICAC) will continue to maintain and expand their task force to address technology-facilitated child exploitation to prevent, interdict, and investigate ICAC offenses. They will conduct thorough and efficient computer forensic examinations, continue on-going partnerships with County and Federal Prosecutors to increase the number of investigations and prosecutions, and build capacity within its geographical region to increase the number of agencies involved in the investigation of ICAC related offenses. Silicon Valley’s regional Task Force will conduct community outreach and education on Internet safety directed towards parents and children. Progress will be measured through monthly and semi-annual reports as required by the Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). CA/CF

Date Created: September 27, 2017