Technology and Tools for Law Enforcement
Law Enforcement Training
In December 2003, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), in conjunction with Interpol and through the generous support of Microsoft, launched a five-year international law enforcement training initiative focused on training law enforcement, prosecutors, and other professionals from around the world on how to investigate Internet-related child exploitation cases.
The Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children training seminar was designed to provide law enforcement around the world the tools and techniques needed to investigate Internet related child exploitation cases. This initiative was launched in December 2003 at Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France. ICMEC organized training sessions in 35 other cities in every corner of the world: San Jose, Costa Rica; Brasilia, Brazil; Paarl, South Africa; Zagreb, Croatia; Hong Kong, China; Bucharest, Romania; Madrid, Spain; Amman, Jordan; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Moscow, Russia; Wellington, New Zealand; Bangkok, Thailand; Istanbul, Turkey; Tokyo, Japan; Oslo, Norway; Dalian, China; Sofia, Bulgaria; Brisbane, Australia; Muscat, Oman; New Delhi, India; Vilnius, Lithuania; Rabat, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; Panama City, Panama; Manila, Philippines; Warsaw, Poland; Lima, Peru; Prague, Czech Republic; Athens, Greece; Kiev, Ukraine; Seoul, Korea; Cairo, Egypt; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bogota, Colombia; and Rome, Italy. As of November 2008, when the final training session of this series took place in Rome, 3,219 officers from 113 countries had received training.
Training was free to participants, and scholarships were granted on an as needed basis to cover travel expenses. The four-day seminar included modules on: Computer Facilitated Exploitation of Children, Conducting the Online Child Abuse Investigation, Managing the Law Enforcement Response to Computer Facilitated Crimes Against Children, and Technical Aspects of the Investigation, and Tools and Techniques for the Prosecutor.
Law Enforcement Training Summary
Child Exploitation Tracking System
ICMEC is now working with Microsoft to bring the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS) to law enforcement agencies worldwide. CETS is a powerful software tool designed to manage and enhance investigations, and to enable law enforcement worldwide to search, share, and collaborate on investigations related to online child sexual exploitation so that more children are rescued and more perpetrators are convicted. CETS is currently in use around the world in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Italy, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom, with multiple future deployments planned in the coming years.