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Pennsylvania ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2018-MC-FX-K041
Location
Awardee County
DELAWARE
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$1,101,965

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $498,616)

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 Delaware County District Attorney's Office - Pennsylvania (PA) ICAC Task Force has grown to 132 regional collaborating affiliate agencies and more than 193 dedicated investigators, forensics examiners, analysts and prosecutors with expertise combating online child victimization and the possession and distribution of child pornography. Goals of the PA ICAC Task Force grant for FY 2018 include maintaining and expanding state and regional ICAC task forces to better facilitate the prevention, interdiction and prosecution of Internet Crimes Against Children and technology based child exploitation. Improving task force effectiveness to meet the above referenced goals will be accomplished by utilizing a coordinated team approach, focusing on affiliate growth, providing the necessary training and expertise, increasing forensic capabilities and responding to community requests for public education on internet safety. 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 Pennsylvania Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (PA ICAC) will continue its efforts in cooperation with probation and parole agents in tracking child sex offenders and enforcing Megan’s Law requirement to enhance community safety. PA ICAC will continue to train investigators and prosecutors and assist them in their understanding of the ever-changing technology-facilitated crimes against children. The Task Force will also continue to work with the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association in supporting its child abuse coalition efforts and educational programs. OJJDP grant funds will support program costs to include personnel, training-related travel, equipment and software, and reimbursement to affiliate agencies. Progress will be measured through monthly and semi-annual reports as required by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. CA/CF

Date Created: September 26, 2018