SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) – In an effort to increase resources that aid in investigations, the Surf City Police Department has become a member of North Carolina’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The ICAC Task Force helps federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies improve their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children .
The program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 5,400 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecution agencies engaged in proactive investigations, forensic investigations and prosecutions criminal.
The Surf City Police Department received $35,000 from the ICAC to help cover the cost of equipment and training to better prepare and equip our officers in the fight against child predators.
The grant covers the cost of hardware, software and training for equipment needed to effectively investigate crimes against children and was awarded in conjunction with police departments that joined the Crimes Task Force against children on the Internet.
The Surf City City Council voted unanimously on May 20, 2022 to accept the grant.
“Due to the increase in investigations of crimes against children, we began to seek assistance from outside agencies for technology that would allow us to search and preserve evidence in these critical cases. leads to the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) which opens up investigative opportunities for our detectives by giving them resources that, as a small agency, may not have been economically feasible or available. After joining the task force, we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the ICAC that will enable us to effectively investigate and prosecute those responsible for crimes against children. will specifically secure critical capital equipment and expand our investigative capabilities and officer productivity.We look forward to working with our federal partners, and centers and premises to better serve our residents and keep our children safe. – Chef Phillip J. Voorhees