The Investigations Division has assigned a detective to the Police Department's ICAC Task Force. The detective investigates Internet-related crimes such as persons using the internet to attempt to engage in sexual contact with underage children, persons who send children feeds from a web camera and/or files displaying sexual acts, and persons who download, manufacture, or distribute images of child pornography. The ICAC task force provides agencies with the ability to conduct proactive investigations of internet crimes against children, sometimes arresting perpetrators before they have victimized a real child.
The ICAC task force was created in order to combat the growing threat to children by use of the Internet. The federal government oversees this project with the Department of Justice, specifically the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). They provide grant funds to assist agencies with these investigations. The task force conducts investigations statewide as well as working with federal agencies and ICAC task forces in other states. Most of the investigations focus on sex crimes committed upon children in which a computer was used to facilitate the crime.
Education & Training
The task force also conducts education for children, adults, and community groups to help them learn to be safer on the Internet and thereby hopefully reduce online victimization. The task force also provides valuable training and resources to the detectives in order to conduct thorough investigations of reported crimes involving children as well.
For more information about the ICAC task force, contact the Investigations Division at 303.841.9800.