McCune Davis urges Phoenix City Council to allow Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force access to $350,000
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –The Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has not been able to use the $350,000 the Legislature set aside for the program earlier this year. Today, Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 30), sent letters urging the Phoenix mayor and City Council to do whatever is necessary to get the funding to the task force.
The Department of Child Safety received the money but it does not oversee the task force. The Phoenix Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit operates the program.
“There have been significant delays in getting this money to the task force, because it was unclear whether it would require an intergovernmental agreement or a grant to allow the money to pass from the Department of Child Safety to the Phoenix Police Department,” McCune Davis said. “Regardless of the funding mechanism, the Phoenix City Council will need to act immediately to approve the spending. This is an urgent matter because the task force fights cybercrimes statewide, and the new funding will increase the resources available to protect children against sexual exploitation through the Internet, and can be used for equipment, training and staff costs.”
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a national network of more than 60 coordinated task forces representing over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. It helps state and local law enforcement develop effective responses to cyber enticement and child pornography. Since 1998, task forces throughout the country have reviewed more than 330,000 allegations of child sexual victimization resulting in more than 30,000 arrests. For more information on the task forces, go to http://www.ojjdp.gov/programs/progsummary.asp?pi=3.