Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

What is the the Central California ICAC Task Force?

ICAC stands for Internet Crimes Against Children.  The Central California ICAC Task Force was formed in 2007 and is one of 59 ICAC task forces in the United States.  The ICAC system 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).  The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FSO) applied for grant monies to start the task force in 2007.  FSO became the lead agency to administer the grant and reports results back to the Federal Government.  Several other agencies joined shortly thereafter.  In 2008, the task force really began to grow and has since expanded to 17 with Intergovernmental Agreements.  The Central California ICAC is currently housed in downtown Fresno at the Fresno ICE Office of Investigations.

        The task force conducts investigations within the Eastern District of California as well as working with federal agencies and ICAC task forces throughout the United States.  Currently around the nation there are 59 ICAC's.  Most of the investigations focus on sex crimes committed upon children in which the computer was used to facilitate the crime.   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 reducing online victimization. 

        The Central California ICAC Task Force provides agencies with the ability to conduct proactive investigations of Internet crimes involving children.  Sometimes, perpetrators are arrested before they have victimized a real child.  The task force also provides valuable training and resources to conduct thorough investigations of reported crimes involving children as well.  The Central California ICAC Task Force investigates persons using the Internet to attempt to engage in sexual contact with underage children, persons who send children web camera feeds of, or files displaying sexual acts, persons who download or distribute child pornography files using email or file-sharing networks


Goals of the Central California ICAC Task Force

       To enhance the Central Valley's law enforcement investigative and prosecutorial responses to Internet related crimes committed against children. 

       To promote community awareness of the problem of sexual exploitation of children and educate the community on preventing Internet crimes from happening to children.

        The Central California ICAC Task Force is working toward its goal of enhancing the Central Valley's law enforcement investigative and prosecutorial responses to Internet related crimes committed against children through the growth of the multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional Central California ICAC Task Force that includes representatives from law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

        The Central California ICAC Task Force provides ongoing training opportunities for investigators, forensic examiners and prosecutors involved with ICAC investigations.  Member agencies can receive exclusive training for their members, at reduced cost, at locations throughout the United States.

         The Central California ICAC Task Force has provided technological equipment and inter-agency assistance to its member agencies throughout its existence.  The Central California ICAC Task Force offers many other resources to enhance law enforcement's responses to Internet related crimes committed against children to include deconfliction databases, contact lists, and email updates about cases, legislative updates and issues, and future training sessions.  The Central California ICAC Task Force is in the process of finishing a web site that will provide an information forum, templates of court orders and other commonly used paperwork, contact information for Internet Service Providers, links to other related sites and law enforcement agencies, and other information useful to members.

        The Central California ICAC Task Force realizes that being able to provide enough manpower and resources to effectively protect children from Internet predators is a nearly impossible task, so raising the awareness of Central Valley residents about the sexual exploitation of children and prevention education are priorities.   Members are provided copies of NetSmartz Internet Safety Presentation software targeting four groups: Parents and Community Groups, Middle and High School students, 3rd through 6th Grade students, and children attending 2nd Grade down to Kindergarten.   The presentations teach children, their parents and guardians how to help children avoid becoming victims.  The presentations increase the safety awareness of children to prevent victimization and increase self-confidence when the children are online.

        The Central California ICAC Task Force has been distributing public service announcements produced by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to the local media stations of member agencies.  The Central California ICAC Task Force is also publicizing arrests to further create awareness for community members.