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Cook County Illinois Task Force Program

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2018-MC-FX-K043
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$832,246

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $360,983)

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 Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force focuses its efforts in the region of Cook County, Illinois, which includes the city of Chicago and 119 suburban towns and villages. With a population of approximately 5.2 million persons, Cook County encompasses a total territory of 946 square miles. The Cook County ICAC Task Force, under the guidance of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Division, operates to prevent the future sexual victimization of children and to assist in the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving the sexual victimization of children which have already occurred. The Cook County State's Attorney's Office will work to maintain and increase the number of law enforcement agencies that are dedicated to the Cook County ICAC Task Force in an effort to aggressively identify and investigate persons who use the Internet to sexually exploit children. The Cook County ICAC Task Force's success will be measured by the number of additional law enforcement agencies that join the Cook County ICAC Task Force, the number of investigations and computer forensics examinations conducted and the number of Internet Safety Presentations conducted for the community. 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 Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Cook County ICAC Task Force operates to prevent the future sexual victimization of children and to assist in the investigation and prosecution of crimes involving the sexual victimization of children. The Cook County ICAC Task Force will continue to serve as a resource for all communities and agencies within Cook County, increase the number of both proactive and reactive investigations, increase the number of forensic examinations, increase the number of referrals received from other ICAC Task Forces and federal partners, increase the capabilities of Cook County ICAC Task Force agencies in the investigation of technology-facilitated crimes against children, enhance the Cook County ICAC Task Force’s effectiveness in preventing these types of offenses, and formalize law enforcement partnerships through written agreements. This funding will support a full-time ICAC Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA), one part-time ASA, and one full-time Outreach Coordinator dedicated to the Cook County ICAC Task Force. The Cook County ICAC Task Force’s 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 26, 2018