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New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

Award Information

Award #
2020-MC-FX-K027
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2020
Total funding (to date)
$547,813

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $547,813)

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 NJ ICAC Task Force intends to effectively target those individuals who seek to exploit children using the Internet, while educating parents and children of the dangers lurking on the Internet. The New Jersey ICAC Task Force (NJ ICAC) continues to increase its geographic coverage throughout New Jersey; sharing knowledge and specialized investigative skills through training, creating public/private partnerships, improving investigative procedures, pursuing offenders, and identifying child victims. The methods for monitoring the accomplishments of the NJ ICAC include a case management system for tracking case events and the submission of bi-weekly progress reports that capture all investigative statistics and major accomplishments. The NJ ICAC will continue to maintain its high-level commitment to educate parents, children, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and anyone who is charged with the protection of children in the State of New Jersey. CA/CF

Date Created: October 22, 2020