FORMED TO REDUCE SEXUAL ASSAULTS IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY
The Riverside County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE)/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was formed in 2006 as a collaboration of multi-disciplined law enforcement agencies that included the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the Riverside County Probation Department.
The task force’s mission was focused on reducing incidents of sexual assault countywide through comprehensive registered sex offender monitoring and enforcement.
When the task force's operations commenced in 2006, Riverside County’s non-compliance rate of the sex registrants who failed to meet their obligation to register, as prescribed by California Penal Code §290, was at 22%. Through the efforts of the task force, the non-compliance rate was steadily and precipitously driven downward to a low 3% by the end of December 2012.
Sex Registrants Who Failed To Register
The SAFE Task Force Has Proven It's Value And Is A Successful Unit To This Day
THE INCEPTION OF TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN SEX CRIMES
In 2013, the SAFE/ICAC Task Force pivoted their primary focus from enforcing sex offender registration laws to investigating technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and internet crimes against children within Riverside County.
The task force became an affiliate member of the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The National Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program (ICAC) was created to help state and local enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the internet, other online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children.
The program is currently composed of 61 regional task force agencies and is funded by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Did You Know?
Unwanted Sexual Solicitation
20% of teenage internet users have been the target of unwanted sexual solicitation
Communication With Strangers
69% of teens regularly receive online communications from strangers
Sex Offenders Will Repeat
70% of all sex offenders released from prison will offend again
The Task Force Today
Today, the Riverside County SAFE/ICAC Task Force continues to direct investigative resources to apprehend persons required to register under Penal Code §290 who violate the law or conditions of probation or parole, while also addressing the problem of online predators by using a two-pronged system.