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San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program

Award Information

Award #
2018-MC-FX-K055
Location
Awardee County
San Diego
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$906,809

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $401,136)

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 San Diego Police Department - San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has identified the following goals for their task force: 1) maintaining and expanding State and regional ICAC task forces in order to prevent, interdict, investigate and prosecute technology facilitated child exploitation and Internet crimes against children; 2) improving task force effectiveness by educating, training and empowering local School Resource Officers and Juvenile Investigators; 3) conducting both proactive and reactive investigations into the computer/technology crimes perpetrated against children and youth; 4) serving as a forensic resource to affiliate agencies and other agencies within their Task Force's area of responsibility; 5) assisting, to the extent possible, with the effective prosecution of cases at the appropriate level; 6) effectively responding to referrals (from other task forces and federal partners, cyber tips, etc.); 7) engaging in law enforcement and community outreach activities to include training, prevention, and education activities; 8) formalizing law enforcement partnerships through signed Memorandums of Understanding which include adoption of federal ICAC Task Force Investigative Standards; and 9) fully participating in nationally-coordinated investigations. 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 San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SDICAC) will continue to expand their regional staffing levels, as well as increase training, public education, expertise, and responsiveness in investigating child sexual abuse cases facilitated by the Internet. Their goals include: 1) maintaining and expanding State and regional ICAC task forces; 2) improving task force effectiveness; 3) conducting both proactive and reactive investigations into technology-facilitated crimes perpetrated against children and youth; 4) serving as a forensic resource to law enforcement agencies; 5) assisting, to the extent possible, with the effective prosecution of cases at the appropriate level; 6) effectively responding to referrals from agencies; 7) engaging in law enforcement and community outreach activities to include training, prevention, and education; 8) formalizing law enforcement partnerships through signed Memorandums of Understanding, and providing assistance to participating agencies through training opportunities, equipment, etc.; and 9) participating in nationally-coordinated investigations. 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