United States Attorney Jenny A. Durkan
Western District of Washington
DOJ Awards $375,000+ To Enhance Seattle Police Led Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
Money to Help Increase Undercover Investigations of Online Predators
The U.S. Department of Justice is sending additional federal funds to a key law enforcement task force, led by the Seattle Police Department, aimed at protecting children from online predators. The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs announced the grant saying the $375,143 will be used to train and fund new detective positions for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). Each year ICAC investigates more than a hundred cases of child pornography or exploitation that are prosecuted in state or federal court.
“This is a key investment in keeping our children safe from online predators,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “The detectives with ICAC are instrumental in investigating and prosecuting child pornography and exploitation cases. Our goal is to stop these online predators before they can victimize more children.”
The grant states that one of the new detectives is to be trained for online undercover work, and a second will focus on computer forensic examinations. The funding is also designed to assist with outreach to Washington State counties that could use the assistance of ICAC. Some recent federal prosecutions of defendants identified by ICAC include: U.S. v DREYER and U.S. v. O’NEALLICAC, led by the Seattle Police Department, contains officers from multiple local police departments as well as the Washington State Patrol. Federal agencies represented on ICAC include U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), FBI, U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.