Cooper ac­quires fund­ing for In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task­force Pro­gram

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Thou­sands of ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived for the cit­i­zens re­dis­trict­ing com­mis­sion

SACRA­MENTO — The Cal­i­for­nia State Au­di­tor an­nounced more than 1,000 ap­pli­ca­tions have been sub­mit­ted for a seat on the 2020 Cit­i­zens Re­dis­trict­ing Com­mis­sion.

Cal­i­for­ni­ans are still en­cour­aged to ap­ply by the ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line, Aug. 9, to en­sure a large and di­verse ap­pli­cant pool.

Every 10 years, af­ter the fed­eral gov­ern­ment pub­lishes up­dated in­for­ma­tion based on the U.S. Cen­sus, Cal­i­for­nia must re­draw the bound­aries of Cal­i­for­nia’s Con­gres­sional, State Se­nate, State Assem­bly, and State Board of Equal­iza­tion dis­tricts.

The 14-mem­ber Com­mis­sion is re­spon­si­ble for draw­ing the lines of each district.

The Cal­i­for­nia State Au­di­tor is track­ing ap­pli­cant de­mo­graphic data on a daily ba­sis by gen­der, eth­nic­ity, po­lit­i­cal party, re­gion and county. Up­dated Cit­i­zens Re­dis­trict­ing Com­mis­sion ap­pli­ca­tion data is available to the pub­lic at https://ap­pli­ca­tions. shapecal­i­for­ni­as­fu­ture. au­di­tor.ca.gov/.

The ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion is open to every reg­is­tered voter who has been af­fil­i­ated with the same po­lit­i­cal party or with no po­lit­i­cal party since July 1, 2015 and has voted in at least two of the last three statewide gen­eral elec­tions.

In­for­ma­tion re­quested through the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion is used to de­ter­mine whether ini­tial el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments are met.

Ap­pli­cants must sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion on­line at shape cal­i­for­ni­as­fu­ture.au­di­tor.ca.g ov dur­ing the ini­tial 60-day ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod, which be­gan June 10, and runs through Aug. 9.

For more in­for­ma­tion, el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments, and to ap­ply to the Com­mis­sion, please visit shapecal­i­for­ni­as­fu­ture.au­di­tor.ca.gov or call (833) 421–7550. You can also fol­low us on Facebook and Twit­ter at @ShapeCAFu­ture.

SACRA­MENTO — Assem­bly mem­ber Jim Cooper (DElk Grove), chair of the Assem­bly Bud­get Sub­com­mit­tee No. 4 on State Ad­min­is­tra­tion spear­headed an ef­fort for the State to con­tinue fund­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren Task Force Pro­gram (ICAC).

Cal­i­for­nia cur­rently de­ploys five task forces across the state in­clud­ing: Sacra­mento Val­ley, San Jose, San Diego, Fresno, and Los An­ge­les.

The mis­sion of the task forces are to help state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies de­velop an ef­fec­tive re­sponse to tech­nol­ogy-fa­cil­i­tated child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and com­bat­ting un­der­ground child pornog­ra­phy rings.

As re­cent as May 22, the United States Depart of Jus­tice rec­og­nized the Sacra­mento Val­ley High Tech Crimes Task Force for their in­ves­ti­ga­tion that re­sulted in the timely ar­rest of a sex­ual preda­tor who vic­tim­ized at least five chil­dren.

Cooper be­lieves with­out con­tin­ued fund­ing, task forces in­clud­ing Sacra­mento’s, wouldn’t have the re­sources needed to ar­rest those whom prey on our chil­dren.

Now more than ever chil­dren are us­ing the in­ter­net and so­cial me­dia at very young ages and are in­creas­ingly sus­cep­ti­ble to on­line preda­tors and vic­tim­iza­tion.

Cooper is hope­ful, that Gover­nor New­som will rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing to fund this im­por­tant task force.

Gover­nor Gavin New­som has un­til June 30, to sign Cal­i­for­nia’s 2019-2020 State Bud­get, which in­cludes $5 mil­lion an­nu­ally for three years to fund ICAC.

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