SB 3 Internet Crimes Against Children

 

Bill Status:

  • Awaiting a committee hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

Bill History:

  • 1/24/2019  Passed the Senate Judiciary Committee (10-0).
  • 1/07/2019 Authored by Sen. Crider and referred to Judiciary Committee

 

Executive Summary

SB 3 establishes the Internet crimes against children fund. Appropriates $2,000,000 annually from the state general fund to the fund. Requires the state police department to administer the fund and use money in the fund to: (1) pay for costs incurred by the department for training and purchasing equip-ment for the investigation of offenses that involve the use of the Internet in which a child is the alleged victim; and (2) award grants to county, city, and town law enforcement agencies that agree to use the money to investigate Internet crimes against children in accordance with United States Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Operational and Investigative Standards.

 

Analysis

SB 3 seeks to protect children from the growing risk against them online. It would allow local law en-forcement officials to apply for training grants equipping them to investigate alleged internet related crimes against children. In addition, the Indiana State Police’s (ISP) Special Investigations Command which oversees the Internet Crimes Against Children efforts, would be tasked with administering the fund to award grants to county, city, and town law enforcement agencies and help pay for related costs incurred by the ISP.

 

Conclusion

SB 3 seeks to protect children from the growing risk against them online by creating more capacity for police to address internet crimes against children.

IFI supports SB 3.