Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $394,252)
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 Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office will continue to maintain, expand, and improve the Kansas ICAC Task Forces (KS ICAC) effectiveness in preventing, interdicting, investigating, and prosecuting Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child exploitation. The KS ICAC works directly with the Wichita-Sedgwick County Exploited and Missing Child Unit. Together, these units investigate all exploitation, missing, human trafficking, physical and sexual abuse cases involving child victims. Kansas ICAC and thirty-nine (39) task force affiliate agencies serve 511,574 residents of Sedgwick County and 2,913,021 residents of Kansas. Kansas ICAC partners with state and federal prosecutors and enforcement agencies. The State of Kansas has seen an increase in the number of identified domestic minor sex trafficking cases. The majority of these cases involved technology facilitated prostitution. Kansas ICAC will continue to enlist new task force affiliates and partners to combat the issue of child exploitation. The short term goal is to maintain the competencies and capabilities of the Kansas ICAC unit. The successive goal is to enhance communication and increase training provided to current and future affiliate agencies. Progress will be measured through monthly and semi-annual reports as required by OJJDP. CA/CF