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North Texas ICAC Task Force

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $623,329)

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 Dallas Police Department (PD) will continue to maintain, expand, and improve the North Texas ICAC Task Force’s effectiveness in preventing, interdicting, investigating, and prosecuting Internet crimes against children and technology-facilitated child exploitation. The Dallas PD has been a member of the federally sponsored ICAC Task Force Program since 1998. As such, it has been the lead agency in northern Texas for investigating technology-based offenses committed against children. This grant will allow the Dallas PD to continue its efforts to respond effectively to such crimes, to build investigative and prosecutorial capacity within other agencies, and to promote internet safety awareness for children. Management and investigation of the estimated 3436 Cybertips and other referrals made year to date to the North Texas ICAC will be the highest priority. To promote enhanced investigative and prosecutorial efforts outside Dallas, the task force will renew Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with affiliates in North Texas. Progress will be measured through monthly and semi-annual reports as required by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). CA/CF

Date Created: September 25, 2019