Thursday, February 13, 2014
GEORGETOWN – The Office of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children (OAG ICAC) Task Force hosted a training conference in Williamson County this week for law enforcement agencies that have affiliated with the OAG’s ICAC program.
Law enforcement officers who serve in existing and newly acquired ICAC affiliate agencies around the state – including Bastrop County, Lago Vista and Lampasas – attended this week’s training conference. Law enforcement personnel from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Austin Police Department were also in attendance.
OAG ICAC Task Force officers opened the conference Tuesday and provided basic investigative instruction about uncovering online exploitation crimes. OAG officers also discussed ICAC operational standards to ensure that all affiliate agencies comply with ICAC procedures. The new affiliates also received information about grant funding, federal law and obtaining search warrants related to child exploitation crimes.
The conference’s second day focused on Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT). An ICAC officer’s daily work often subjects the officer to viewing illicit child sexual abuse materials such as child pornography – graphic images that cause irrevocable harm not only to the child victims, but also to the law enforcement officers who have to view the violations in order to prosecute the child predators who are trading the images. Wednesday’s SHIFT program, presented by the Innocent Justice Foundation, trained affiliate agencies’ officers and supervisors how to recognize and cope with serious negative effects caused by viewing harmful child sexual abuse materials.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office works closely with law enforcement authorities statewide to investigate and prosecute child sexual predators. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice designated the Attorney General’s Office as ICAC Task Force for the South Texas Region. As the home of a federally-funded ICAC Task Force, the Attorney General’s Office receives grant funding from the Justice Department for several peace officers. Child predators arrested by the Attorney General’s Office have been prosecuted in both state and federal courts.
To find out more about the Texas Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Attorney General Greg Abbott’s ongoing efforts to crack down on sexual predators, visit the agency’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.