Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $564,767)
Since 2000, the Tennessee Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has worked tirelessly to investigate technology-facilitated crimes against children and prosecute predators to the fullest extent of the law. With updates in computer software systems, the ongoing development of dark web sites and sophisticated encryptions, the challenge in identifying these suspects is never-ending.
The Tennessee ICAC Task Force has assembled a multi-jurisdictional, multiagency response to ICAC offenses by utilizing federal grant funding to support state and local law enforcement agencies. Grant dollars are used to allow affiliate investigators to participate in contemporary training, purchase software licensing and acquire state-of-the-art equipment. Currently, Tennessee has 59 affiliate Task Force agencies and assists non-affiliates from throughout the state in investigating crimes against children. The Tennessee ICAC Task Force will continue to seek opportunities to expand the number of affiliate agencies, collaborate with law enforcement, prosecutors and other institutions in order to increase the investigative and operational productivity and effectiveness of protecting our children. With a goal of improving Task Force effectiveness, affiliates will have opportunities to attend contemporary training, network with fellow investigators and receive technical assistance from Forensic Specialists. Computers, software and other equipment will be purchased through grant funds in order to enhance local law enforcement technology needed to compete with the efforts of predators who continue to exploit children. Moreover, to ensure that investigations and evidence are above reproach and unchallenged in court, all expert-training certifications for Task Force affiliates will be maintained.