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Category 3: Officer Wellness

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
San Diego
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $500,000)

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force National Training Program is funded under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2019, Pub. L. No. 116-6, 133 Stat. 13, 115. Under this program, the goal is to develop and deliver training to assist law enforcement, task force members, police agency command staff, and prosecutors on how to prevent, identify, and manage vicarious trauma due to long-term and repeated exposure to child exploitation images as part of their work responsibilities.

The Innocent Justice Foundation will use grant funds to offer training to ICAC task force members and other justice professionals exposed to child pornography to help them mitigate negative effects and trauma. Training will include individual, case study, and managerial training for ICAC task force members and other exposed individuals; additional judicial training for judges and court personnel; specialized mental health professional and law enforcement leadership outreach, education, and mentoring; and a family/support curriculum for those who support justice professionals. In addition, the Supporting Heroes In mental health Foundational Training (SHIFT) program will continue to develop and update educational material on their website in order to make resources available to justice professionals worldwide 24 hours a day. CA/NCF.

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates. The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) will assist law enforcement, ICAC task force members, police agency command staff, affiliated agencies and judicial professionals on how to identify, mitigate, and manage vicarious trauma and traumatic stress due to long-term chronic exposure to child exploitation material. Training provided will include individual, interactive, and group exercises for ICAC task force members and other individuals. TIJF will provide additional trainings for judges, court personnel, and specialized mental health professionals. Innocent Justice will provide leadership, outreach, education, mentoring and family support for those who support justice professionals. TIJF will also offer resources to ICAC task force members through its website. All trainings are evaluated with post-training reports, detailing the number of trainings, amount spent per training and student, number of participants, pre- and post-test data, and speaker/training evaluation form data. In addition, 6-month follow-up data will be collected to determine how many participants actually implement skills learned from the trainings and resources. No portion of the budget will be used to conduct research. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 20, 2019