and Who is the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children
Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC)
is a virtual task force with no bricks and mortar to house
the many participants. The administrative offices for GICAC
are located at the Georgia
Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Headquarters. The Director
for the Task Force is the Special Agent in Charge of the
GBI’s High Technology Investigations Unit (HTIU).
Also housed at GBI Headquarters are eight HTIU Special Agents
who coordinate Georgia ICAC investigations, along with the
cyber tips received from the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NMEC). The
GBI also has a Special Agent trained and equipped to conduct
Internet crimes against children investigations in Douglas
(Southeast Georgia). The Georgia ICAC offers equipment and
training to local law enforcement agencies.
Within the GBI’s HTIU is the GBI’s Forensic
Computer Laboratory. The laboratory has seven forensic computer
specialists (FCS) trained to extract evidence from computer
media. One FCS also coordinates the GBI participation with
the Georgia Cybersafety Initiative (GaCSI).
Through the Georgia CyberCrime Task
Force (GCTF), Georgia ICAC has partnered with many federal
agencies, other state agencies and local agencies, to share
resources in ICAC investigations and Internet Safety programs.
Partners on the investigative side include the FBI, the
Secret Service and their Electronic Crime Task Force, Immigration
Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.), the State Attorney General’s
Office, the Georgia Technology Authority and many local
law enforcement agencies and local prosecutor’s offices.
Partners with the GaCSI include the Georgia Bureau of Investigation,
the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the Georgia Department
of Education, the Georgia Public Broadcasting Agency, the
Georgia Tech Research Institute, and the DeKalb Public School
The GaCSI partnership has over one hundred volunteers who
have been trained by the GBI, GEMA and GTRI to provide Internet
Safety Programs. The
Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) has partnered
with the GaCSI to coordinate the efforts of these volunteers.
GEMA has six-school safety officers located in different
regions across the state. These school safety officers coordinate
the requests for Internet Safety presentations with the
volunteers from their region.