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The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program was created by the Protect Act, to help local, state and federal law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet and other online communication systems to sexually exploit children.  There are 61 regional ICAC Task Force agencies nationwide which are funded by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  ICAC Task Forces were developed in response to an increasing number of children and teens using the Internet, the abundance of child pornography and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with underage children.  The Arkansas ICAC is made up of 42 local police departments and sheriff’s offices, as well as federal partners and prosecuting agencies that all work together to keep children safe and hold offenders accountable.

arkansas signThe ARICAC conducts proactive as well as reactive investigations regarding crimes involving children that includes, but not limited to on line activity or cell phone use. The ARICAC also provides education to parents, children, and educators regarding safe on line behavior.


In today’s technological world the Internet is a lifeline for most and while it has enhanced the lives of many, it also has made innocent people (especially children) easy targets for predators.  The Internet has become a place where predators can reach innocent children, while reducing many of the risks of getting caught if they

were targeting them in person.  Every year children are starting to use the Internet and computers at a younger and younger age.  Because children are oftentimes trusting, naive, curious, and eager for attention and affection predators will target them online in order to take advantage of them.  According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, less than 5% of parents are aware of online sexual exploitation and even fewer think their child is at risk.  It is important for parents, law enforcement and society as a whole to know of the dangers children face on the Internet and how to reduce the risks of being victimized.

 


 

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The primary mission of the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is to augment the investigative resources of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial authorities.

The Arkansas officers assigned to the state's consortium are part of a much larger national team devoted to investigating and identifying individuals who sexually exploit children through the internet and other online communication networks.

Policies and procedures have been put in place to protect the integrity of the ICAC investigations and ensure each case can be successfully prosecuted in federal and state courts. One such policy is the prohibition of ICAC officers working with any law enforcement agency that uses non-certified law enforcement officers as undercover operatives.

The ICAC Task Force leadership reminds all Arkansas chiefs and sheriffs that the use of civilians in online sexual predator cases could result in important evidence being suppressed and impede the role of the U.S. Attorney's Office or local prosecuting attorneys successfully convicting an internet or online sexual predator.

Extensive training is a pre-requisite in the investigation of online solicitation or grooming of a child in advance of being victimized. The rules of criminal procedure require digital evidence to be collected as prescribed by the courts and case law.

The Arkansas ICAC Task Force vigorously investigates and prosecutes digital crimes against children across the state through 36 ICAC affiliates. The ICAC law enforcement team has arrested and made successful cases against more than 100 offenders targeting children during the past year.

Public safety is our priority. Civilians operating outside the legal scope of the law could potentially expose themselves to civil litigation or criminal arrest.

Arkansas ICAC encourages parents and legal guardians of children to remain vigilant while children in their care use computers and cellular smart phones. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the child resides. They can also report suspicious incidents or pass along information about cybercrimes to www.cybertipline.com

There are internet safety tips for parents and more information about reporting internet crimes against children found on our Safety Tips page and on this external website page: http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents

 

OJJDP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Continuation Program 2010-MC-CX-K009

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