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New Jersey ICAC Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2017-MC-FX-K022
Location
Awardee County
Mercer
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2017
Total funding (to date)
$1,571,811

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $443,508)

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.

Using ICAC Task Force Program funds, the New Jersey ICAC Task Force will continue to increase its geographic coverage throughout the State, imparting knowledge and specialized investigative skills through training; creating public/private partnerships; improving investigative procedures/reporting; pursuing offenders; and identifying child victims. In the area of community outreach, the New Jersey ICAC Task Force will continue to educate not only parents and children, but prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and other professionals charged with the protection of children in the State. In addition, grant funds will support overtime costs for New Jersey ICAC Task Force members to investigate and prosecute ICAC crimes. Finally, funds will be used to further develop the task force's investigative capacity by supporting costs for laptops and desktop computers to investigate technology facilitated crimes against children; renewing software licenses; and supporting training costs for New Jersey State Police personnel as well as affiliate agency personnel. 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 goal of the New Jersey ICAC Task Force (NJ ICAC) is to enhance the ability of New Jersey’s law enforcement community to effectively understand, respond, investigate, and prosecute Internet crimes against children. The NJ ICAC will educate and empower children and their parents to avoid the dangers of the Internet. The NJ ICAC will also work to expand task force coverage throughout the state, imparting knowledge and specialized investigative skills through training. The NJ ICAC will continue to build public and private partnerships, improve investigative procedures, aggressively pursue offenders, and identify child victims. The NJ ICAC has adopted a multifaceted approach, which includes the management and maintenance of existing operations and programs, the expansion of the NJ ICAC, and the successful prosecution of offenders. 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.

Proactive and reactive investigations, task force operations, along with an effective community outreach program are the basis of the New Jersey Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NJ ICAC Task Force), which is led by the New Jersey State Police (NJSP). During ICAC investigations the NJ ICAC Task Force intends to effectively target those individuals who seek to exploit children using the Internet, while educating parents and children of the dangers lurking on the Internet. The investigative techniques employed by detectives during these investigations will continue to evolve in response to the ever changing technological environment in which investigations are conducted. The NJ ICAC Task Force continues to expand to increase the geographic coverage throughout the State of New Jersey, imparting knowledge through training, creating public/private partnerships, improving investigative procedures and reporting, aggressively pursuing offenders, and identifying child victims. The NJ ICAC Task Force will continue to provide education and outreach. 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 21, 2017