The South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children (SFLICAC) Task Force, formerly known as the LEACH (Law Enforcement Against Child Harm) Task Force, is a multi agency and multi jurisdictional effort to combat the on-line enticement of children and teenagers. The SFLICAC is comprised of law enforcement and judicial officials that encompass the Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement agencies. It is this robust partnership that affords a succinct and comprehensive strategy required to enforce and suppress the illegal use of the Internet.
In 1995, the South Florida Law Enforcement community made a decision to partner in an effort to respond to the potential use of the Internet for unlawful purposes. In 1998, the Justice Appropriations Act directed the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to create a national network of state and local law enforcement task forces in an effort to investigate cases of child sexual exploitation. As a result of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program came to be. The Broward Sheriff's Office applied for the grant and was successful in obtaining the first round of funding. The Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) has been a recipient of this funding since the program's inception in 1998, and has continued to be the administrator and fiscal manager.
The South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force ICAC, has earned the title as a tier one program, and its continued successes have contributed to the expansion of the SFICAC Task Force. Currently, there are over 30 active affiliates in the South Florida law enforcement community and the Task Force members continue to strive to expand its partnerships and its positive proactive response to protecting our children and teenagers from on-line predators. Since 2006, there have been over 1,200 arrests involving child expolitation by the South Florida ICAC.