The Digital Technology Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting investigations of offenders that utilize computers and computer technology for the purpose of exploiting children. The Unit conducts proactive and reactive investigations into endangerment of children. These cases most often come in the form of child pornography or luring of a child. The Unit is designated as the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) for the State of New Jersey. Unit members conduct investigations, provide investigative assistance to other law enforcement agencies, conduct computer forensic services in the field, and provide public awareness through internet safety lectures to adults and youth.
Contact the Digital Technology Investigations Unit
(609) 584-5051 ext 5624
The Digital Technology Investigations Unit was originally named the High Technology Crimes and Investigative Support Unit. During late 1996, and officially in January 1997, the New Jersey State Police gathered a group of investigators who had an aptitude for computers. They were provided specialized training and began conducting investigations. They were the first unit in the State of New Jersey to specialize in computer investigations and one of only a handful across the United States. The unit was responsible for conducting investigations into all crimes that utilized computers, computer technology, and telecommunications and that knowledge of computer technology was essential for the perpetration, investigation or prosecution. They were also the only unit conducting computer forensics in the State.
As internet usage within the state increased, the unit received a corresponding increase in complaints. The number of child endangerment, internet fraud, and computer intrusion cases increased to the point that it was determined that multiple units were necessary to increase the efficiency of the investigative response. In May of 2004 the Cyber-Crimes Unit created to investigate computer intrusions, virus, and fraud. The High Technology Crimes Unit was renamed the Digital Technology Investigations Unit and dedicated to child exploitation on the internet.
The ICAC Task Force Program was created to help State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children. The program is currently composed of 46 regional Task Force agencies and is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
To contact a Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force outside New Jersey
If you wish to report an instance of child endangerment and the suspect or victim lives in the State of New Jersey, please utilize the Computer Crimes Task Force Hotline
If you wish to report an instance of child endangerment utilizing a web reporting system or you are unsure as to the location of the child, please utilize the CyberTipline Reporting System Sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children http://www.ncmec.org
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) acts as a clearinghouse of information received from various sources and distributed to law enforcement. The New Jersey State Police is an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and receives all Cybertips linked to New Jersey.
The New Jersey State Police is dedicated to the safety of everyone utilizing the internet. The following rules are suggested by The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and endorsed by the New Jersey State Police.
Internet Safety Tips for Kids
Adapted from Child Safety on the Information Highway by Lawrence J. Magid. Copyright 1994 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All rights reserved.
Internet-Related Safety Tips for Teens
1 Adapted from Teen Safety on the Information Highway by Lawrence J. Magid. Copyright respectively 1994 and 1998 National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). All rights reserved.
2 Adapted from Children Online: The ABCs for Parenting: When Is Your Child Ready by The Children's Partnership. Reprinted with permission of The Children's Partnership. http://www.childrenspartnership.org
Additional information can be obtained from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.ncmec.org or at www.netsmartz.org.
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