Scottsdale, Phoenix continue partnership to fight internet crimes against children

The Scottsdale City Council approved an agreement to be a part of the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. (File photo)

Scottsdale officials have approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Phoenix for continued participation in the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Scottsdale City Council approved the IGA on consent on May 14, in addition to a budget transfer of $10,000 from the fiscal year 2018-19 future grants budget and/or grant contingency budget to a newly created cost center to record the related grant activities.

The Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona task force is the recipient of a grant enforcing laws regarding internet crimes against children and for the purpose of administering and operating an ICAC Task Force. The grant is from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Program and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, according to a city staff report.

The purpose of the agreement is to memorialize the parties’ agreement to work together to assist the ICAC Task Force in its effort to investigate, prosecute and deter the possession, production and distribution of unlawful images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors and the utilization of the internet to seek children as sexual victims.

The previous IGA in place did not provide for funding for the ICAC Task Force to be received from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, which it now receives monies from.

The ICAC Task Force consists of investigators, supervisors and prosecutors from various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, who provide assistance subject to availability. The task force promotes a multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency approach to investigating and prosecuting internet crimes against children cases.

The Scottsdale Police Department is a member of the task force and considered an affiliated agency under the terms of the proposed updated IGA, the staff report stated, noting that the local police received a sub-grant of a $10,000 in support of its participate in the task force.

Northeast Valley News Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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