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Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2018-MC-FX-K009
Location
Awardee County
Oklahoma
Congressional District
Status
Awarded, but not yet accepted
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$729,871

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $306,684)

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 Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) has jurisdiction for ICAC cases throughout the state. The ICAC Unit is currently maintained out of the centrally located OSBI headquarters in Oklahoma City. Using OJJDP funding, the following project goals, objectives and activities will be implemented: 1. Serve as a resource for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by providing investigative and administrative support across the state; 2. Increase public awareness of the CyberTipline, arrests and successes of the ICAC Task Force; 3. Increase the number and of arrests through peer to peer and undercover cases; 4. Serve as a forensic resource for the state by maintaining the computer forensics lab; 5. Contribute to the prosecution of cases; and 6. Expand the Oklahoma ICAC Task Force by engaging local and state law enforcement agencies to enter into agreements to serve on the task force. 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 Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) remains in charge of the Oklahoma ICAC Task Force, which consists of 56 federal, state, county, and city law enforcement agency affiliates. The OSBI maintains the Digital Evidence Unit (DEU), an accredited lab that provides forensic examinations of computer and internet capable devices. The Oklahoma ICAC Task Force will continue to enhance existing efforts to identify, apprehend, and prosecute child sexual predators. The ICAC Unit is currently maintained out of the centrally located OSBI headquarters in Oklahoma City. Using OJJDP funding, the following project goals, objectives and activities will be implemented: 1. Serve as a resource for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies by providing investigative and administrative support across the state; 2. Increase public awareness of the CyberTipline, arrests and successes of the ICAC Task Force; 3. Increase the number and of peer to peer and undercover cases; 4. Serve as a forensic resource for the state by maintaining the computer forensics lab; 5. Contribute to the prosecution of cases; and 6. Expand the Oklahoma ICAC Task Force by engaging local and state law enforcement agencies to enter into agreements to serve on the task force. CA/CF

Date Created: September 26, 2018