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2015 Broward County/South Florida ICAC Task Force

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $413,919)

The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program, as established by the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, 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 resource 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.

Under this project, the South Florida ICAC Task Force will conduct proactive and reactive investigations, provide training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies in its region, and increase the number of Internet crimes against children offenses being investigated and prosecuted in south Florida. Using OJJDP funds, the Broward County Sheriff's Office will support the Task Force by providing the following resources to Task Force members: 1) training on topics such as investigative techniques, digital forensics, peer-to-peer investigations, and undercover chat operations. Costs include travel and registration fees for national conferences, such as the National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation and the Florida Crimes Against Children Conference; 2) equipment, to include external hard drives, servers and storage devices; 3) overtime costs for investigative personnel to conduct ICAC investigations; and 4) computer software licenses and subscription fees. NCA/CF

Date Created: September 3, 2015