Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $354,742)
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 South Dakota ICAC Task Force plans to use the FY 19 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program grant monies to address personnel needs, technology, and training that supports the protection of children from technology-facilitated exploitation. The funding will support training and technology that enhances existing efforts in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of child sexual predators. The targeted population benefiting from this effort is children, both identified and unidentified, who are victims of Internet exploitation. The funding will assist efforts in the maintenance of a task force commander position and much needed supplies (hardware/software). In addition, the task force will host a training to allow investigators to learn how to competently investigate cell phone related cases and other smartphone devices, including tablet computers. The short-term goal is to address staffing and equipment maintenance; the intermediate goal is a more timely investigative effort resulting in successful prosecution. Progress will be measured through accountability data reported monthly.