Grant: $189,557 - Department of Justice - Sep. 16, 2009
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Award Description: The goals of the project are: to increase the number of arrests for computer-related offenses; to increase the number of convictions for computer-related offenses, with special emphasis on crimes against a victim who is a minor; to increase the sentence length for those convicted of computer crimes; to increase the number of revocations for those on probation or parole for computer-related offenses; to review and consistently handle all cases involving computers; and to increase public awareness of computer-related crimes. The objective of each of these project goals is to raise community awareness about the prevalence of computer-related crimes, to educate the community to be able to guard against such crimes, and to fully enforce the laws so as to reduce the amount of computer-related crimes within the community. Each of these project goals will be measured by data collected by the applicable law enforcement or prosecutorial agency. The program will have two major components: criminal prosecution of offenders who commit computer-related crimes, emphasizing criminal offenses against victims who are minors; and community education, with trips to local schools, civic organizations, and meetings with parents to inform and educate regarding the perils of sharing information with strangers over the Internet, providing guidelines to help safeguard minors who utilize social networking sites and chat rooms. Regarding the educational component, it is the goal of this office to have at least one such educational presentation each month, and at least three per quarter. The individual responsible for coordinating these presentations will be the Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney funded by this grant, and that individual may coordinate with other law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies in compiling and presenting the material. The prosecutorial aspect of the grant is more difficult to measure quantitatively, because it requires speculating about the number of offenses that may occur and be investigated within this jurisdiction. However, this office will coordinate with the local law enforcement agencies and applicable forensic crime laboratories to ensure efficient and expeditious prosecution in each case that is presented to this office for prosecution, including all of those that are pending at the time this grant becomes active.
Project Description: Since receiving notification of the award on September 16, 2009, this office has been working with the project manager to have certain special conditions removed in order to release the funding for the award. In addition, this office contacted Detective Mark Allen of the Kentucky State Police and Detective Blaine Inman of the London Police Department, both in charge of sexual offender cases for their respective agencies, and advised them ofthe award and this office's desire for increased attention to computer-related crimes and the fact that the office will now have a single prosecutor dedicated to the prosecution of those offenses. This office is awaiting word from OCFO that the proposed budget has been approved and the funds are to be released for the grant.
Jobs Summary: Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney -- this newly created position will focus on the particular prosecution of computer-related offenses, and the coordination of educational programs for local schools and civic organizations for the prevention of computer-related crimes. This person will be responsible for gathering cases and information, developing consistent office and inter-office policies, coordinating meetings between various law enforcement agencies for case review and sharing of information, maintaining project information for grant reports, and specialized training in the prosecution of computer-related crimes. This person will serve as a resource to the criminal justice community in knowledge and training in cases involving computer-related offenses, as well as a coordinator of the joint efforts of the agencies. The Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney will assist the 'Stop Cybercrime' Project Workgroup in gathering and reviewing cases involving computer-related offenses, with special emphasis on computer crimes against minors. From there, a determination will be made on which agency should prosecute the case. This will ensure that tough federal bond rules and sentencing guidelines are utilized where applicable, as well as state enhancements. The United States, County and Commonwealth's Attorneys will develop and enact tough policies regarding pleas and recommendations for both misdemeanors and felonies involving computer-related crimes. The focus and result of the project will be to aggressively target, prosecute, sentence, and incarcerate criminals who commit computer-related offenses, particularly computer-related crimes against victims who are minors, and to educate the community on safety tips for use on the Internet and social networking websites, thereby reducing the number of illegal activities in these areas in the community. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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