The federal government and state and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up and establishing task forces that are geared toward combating Internet crimes against children.

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC), task forces are regional programs funded by the Justice Department. The justice Department launched the task forces after then-FBI Director Louis Freeh and Ernest Allen, president of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) testified in Congress that state and local law enforcement agencies needed to help wage the war on such crimes.

Congress provided $2.3 million in special appropriations to create the "law enforcement cyber units." The task forces investigate Internet crimes and also help train and provide technical assistance to other state and local law enforcement agencies.

Jim McKay, Editor  |  Editor