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Washington ICAC Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2018-MC-FX-K054
Location
Awardee County
King
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$1,091,548

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $485,504)

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 Seattle Police Department will use funding to support the salary and benefits for a dedicated full time Strategic Advisor for the Washington ICAC Task Force, part-time Administrative Assistant, travel and training for detectives and forensic investigators, and software and equipment needed to stay abreast of emerging technologies. The Seattle Police Department will continue its long-standing partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and their Project Safe Childhood Program, collaborate on multi-jurisdictional investigations to prosecute ICAC cases, and provide regional ICAC related training and technical assistance to all affiliates. Progress will be measured by the required performance measures outlined in the solicitation and by the increased number of agencies that join the Washington State ICAC 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 Washington ICAC Task Force and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) proactively and reactively investigate an ever-growing number of technology-facilitated crimes against children. Each year the SPD ICAC Commander has successfully coordinated the number of investigative partner agencies within Washington State, which improves the overall task force’s response to interdict, investigate and prosecute ICAC cases.
Over 100 affiliate partners have renewed their Task Force Agreements. Twenty-five (25) of the 39 counties in Washington State have representation on the statewide ICAC Task Force. As the number of cases involving child exploitation increases annually, the Washington State ICAC Task Force has successfully strengthened the state’s investigative capacity and effectiveness. Funding will support salary and benefit costs, travel and training costs for detectives and forensic investigators, and the purchase of software and equipment needed to stay abreast of emerging technologies. The funding will also support regional training and education for task force partners and equipment to support their investigations. Task Force members will provide outreach and education to teachers, students, and parents about the dangers of the Internet. Progress will be measured. CA/CF

Date Created: September 26, 2018