Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) & Digital Forensics Unit
ICAC investigations employ various undercover techniques to detect and apprehend child sexual predators. ICAC investigators also endeavor to educate parents, teachers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other individuals and groups about crimes committed against our most precious citizens and what they can do to help prevent such heinous crimes.
Since 2005, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office has been a member of the North Florida ICAC Task Force (NFITF), which is comprised of investigators from 36 Florida counties stretching from Brevard County to Escambia County. The mission of the ICAC Task Force is to protect the children in our community from becoming victims of child sexual predators. The NFITF is one of three such task forces in Florida.This Digital Forensics Unit is responsible for digital evidence recovery or computer forensics. The Leon County Sheriff’s Office frequently seizes and searches computers, cellular telephones and other digital storage devices in association with all types of criminal investigations. These devices hold valuable evidence artifacts that can be very helpful during criminal investigations. Devices are searched and evidence extracted in a forensically sound manner in order to assist detectives in furthering criminal investigations related to Violent Crimes, Financial Crimes, ICAC, Burglary, Missing Persons, Wanted Persons, and a host of other incident types.