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Operation Broken Heart IV - Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force
Filed under Press Release, on 6/19/2017 6:27:00 PM by Author: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936.

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Operation Broken Heart IV – Silicon Valley ICAC Task Force

San Jose, CA — The San Jose Police Department proudly serves as the lead agency of the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SVICAC). SVICAC participated in “Operation Broken Heart IV”, which joined 60 other ICAC Task Forces nationwide in identifying and arresting suspected child sexual predators during April and May 2017.

During “Operation Broken Heart IV”, the SVICAC Task Force arrested 30 suspected child predators and participated in 28 community presentations on Internet/social media safety. Dozens of bay area law enforcement agencies who are members of the SVICAC Task Force participated.

Nationally, the operation resulted in 1,012 arrests and the task forces conducted 1,245 presentations.

The national crackdown targeted offenders who: (1) possess, manufacture, and distribute child pornography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution), and (4) engage in child sex tourism (traveling abroad for the purposes of sexually abusing foreign children).

The Operation included more than 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Mission:

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC program) helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. This help encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.

Background:

The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet and other technology, the proliferation of child sexual abuse images available electronically, and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims. Because ICAC members understand that arrests alone cannot resolve the problem of technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation, the ICAC program is also dedicated to training law enforcement officers and prosecutors, as well as educating parents and youth about the potential dangers of online activity.

Since 1998, ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 580,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization resulting in the arrest of more than 60,000 individuals.

Visit us at WWW.SVICAC.ORG for additional information.


BY: Sergeant Enrique Garcia #2936 AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Jason Ta #3265
DATE: 6/19/17 TIME: 6:30 PM DATE: 6/19/17 TIME: 6:30 PM


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