Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $461,745)
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 Nevada Internet Crimes Against Children (NV ICAC) Task Force must increase its pro-active investigations and arrests, affiliate memberships, forensic examinations, information technology assistance and member’s education and training on relevant subject matter. LVMPD is committed to the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today (PROTECT) Act. The NV ICAC Task Force will continue to grow the program and protect children from exploitation by maintaining a task force consisting of state and local investigators, prosecutors, and forensic and education specialists dedicated to addressing the goals. NV ICAC members will engage in proactive and forensic examinations and effective prosecutions of internet crimes against children by providing forensic, preventative, and investigative assistance to parents, educators, prosecutors, law enforcement and others concerned with internet crimes against children. Task force officers will increase productivity through various means and increase arrests of offenders who choose to victimize and exploit children. NV ICAC affiliates will work to increase full-time staffing dedicated to conducting ICAC related crime investigations which will allow for timely exams leading to quicker prosecutions and convictions. The NV ICAC Task Force will deliver the expertise needed regarding investigations into computer-facilitated child manipulation and the spreading of child sexual abuse images over the internet by supporting local and national policing agencies when the attorney general deems it necessary.