Computers and mobile devices are pervasive technologies in the United States today. The internet is the fastest growing and most widely-used communications medium in human history. With that comes an increase in the number of crimes committed by people using computers and expedited by the internet. The Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce is dedicated to the identification, apprehension and prosecution of those responsible for the victimization and exploitation of children through the use of computers, computer technology or the internet. This is accomplished through aggressive enforcement of laws designed to protect children including the possession, collection or dissemination of child pornography, and the luring, seduction or enticement of a child or person believed to be a child through the use of technology or internet services. At times, investigative activity will include undercover operations designed to detect dangerous and illegal activity and to identify those involved in such activity.

 

ICAC Program Goals and Objectives

The primary purpose of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is to prevent the victimization and exploitation of children by conducting online proactive and reactive law enforcement investigations and by educating children, parents, teachers, the general public and law enforcement.

VT-ICAC History

In October 1998, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) began funding 10 sites around the country for the operation of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. Between 1998 and 2007, the Northern New England Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont as one of the these original ten Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in the country. In 2008, Vermont became independent of the Northern New England Task Force and was awarded stand-alone funding which was utilized to form the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (VT-ICAC). The Burlington Police Department was the lead agency for VT-ICAC from 2008 to September of 2015. The Vermont Office of Attorney General had been an affiliate agency and historically provided prosecutorial and legal support to the VT-ICAC. Beginning in 2012 the Vermont Office of Attorney General provided the first full time investigators dedicated to VT-ICAC cases. The Vermont Office of Attorney General began managing all cybertipline reports for the state and conducting statewide proactive and reactive investigations. The Burlington Police Department along with key law enforcement partners decided to transition from a local agency to a statewide agency to coordinate Vermont Operations for VT-ICAC. The Vermont Office of Attorney General was unanimously supported to take on the role as the new lead agency for VT-ICAC. The Vermont Office of Attorney General became the lead agency for VT-ICAC in October of 2015

 
 
 
 

VT-ICAC Organization

Internet crimes against children are a growing problem and represent a serious threat to the children of Vermont. To address this threat, it is critical that law enforcement agencies cooperate with each other. To accomplish this goal, the Vermont Office of Attorney General, as lead agency, has organized all Vermont agencies into a single statewide network to include all participating local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. These affiliate agencies are provided specialized training and equipment. Unlike conventional Task Forces, the affiliate agencies are not required to send members to a central location and investigate crime anywhere in the state. Rather, they may remain in their respective jurisdictions to conduct the coordinated investigations, accept and make case referrals, perform digital forensic examinations and provide internet safety education and awareness presentations.  The VT-ICAC Task Force Commander has overall responsibility of managing the Task Force. The current VT-ICAC Task Force Commander is:  Detective Matthew Raymond of the Vermont Office of Attorney General .

 

 

Beyond Crimes Against Children

While the protection and safety of youth online remains the most critical goal of our operations, as the internet has grown, so too has our mission. Today, the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provides technical assistance, investigation support, computer forensic analysis, law enforcement training, and public information and outreach initiatives on a wide variety of high technology crime issues statewide.