Lt. Andrew Boatman
Sgt. Brian Baldwin
The Knoxville Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit is dedicated to making Knoxville communities safer and stronger. It is with this goal in mind the dedicated officers and civilians in the ICAC Unit work to protect children in our community from those that would exploit them. KPD is the lead agency for the Tennessee ICAC Task Force. The Tennessee ICAC Task Force is comprised of affiliate agencies that are located in all three geographic regions of the state. The Knoxville Police Department’s ICAC Unit works with federal agencies and state and federal prosecutors to enforce technology-facilitated child exploitation. The task force is funded through grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and State of Tennessee legislative appropriations. The task force is dedicated to protecting children from harm through investigative effectiveness, forensic resources, prosecution of offenders (ensure Project Safe Childhood), and education for law enforcement and the public.
The National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was created to help Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children. The Program is funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The Tennessee ICAC Task Force is a partnership between city, county, and state law enforcement agencies from across Tennessee. These law enforcement agencies work hard to combat child exploitation through investigations into Internet Crimes against Children. Working in partnership through Project Safe Childhood with federal law enforcement agencies and local/federal prosecutors, child predators are brought to justice.
The National ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are engaged in proactive investigations, forensic investigations, and criminal prosecutions. The Knoxville Police Department formed an ICAC task force in 2000. They are the regional task force for the state of Tennessee, overseeing all other units in the state at a federal level.
Since 1998, ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 180,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization resulting in the arrest of more than 16,500 individuals. In Fiscal Year 2008, the ICAC Program trained over 26,000 law enforcement personnel, over 2,200 prosecutors, and more than 8,000 other professional working in the ICAC field. In the first three quarters of Fiscal Year 2009, the number of trained law enforcement personnel increased to over 28,000, while 1,832 prosecutors have been trained.
Investigator Tom Evans
Investigator John Williams Jr.
Investigator Phyllis Tonkin