Ribble Legislation Passes House

May 10, 2012 Issues: Congressional Reform

Washington, D.C. – Representative Reid Ribble (WI-08) introduced the Competitive Justice Training Act of 2011, which was included in the Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The bill passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 247-163. Congressman Ribble’s legislation would re-establish an unrestrictive and open grant process for Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force training by removing an arbitrary anti-competitive cap on the amount of training that can be provided by certain entities.

“The ICAC Task Force is an important program that has led to the arrest of thousands of criminals who preyed on innocent children,” said Ribble. “As the preeminent institution for the ICAC Task Force, Fox Valley Technical College has trained many of its investigators, and this legislation will allow them to continue to expand this crucial training program so that they can help put criminals behind bars and keep our children and grandchildren safe.” 

Dr. Susan May, President of Fox Valley Techinical College:

"As one of the leading partners with the Department of Justice, ICAC Task Forces, police departments and law enforcement around the country, we are grateful for the leadership of Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Representatives Tom Petri (R-WI), Steve Austria (R-OH) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA) in introducing this important bill.  We look forward to working with the bill sponsors, Congress, the Department of Justice, and all others interested in this important issue to ensure that the resources dedicated to stopping those who exploit children are well managed and put to best use."  

The ICAC Task Force was developed in 1998 in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims. The ICAC program is a national network of over 60 coordinated Task Forces representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

The ICAC technical and training assistance program has trained nearly 300,000 law enforcement offices, prosecutors, and other professionals. Together, these men and women have identified millions of child pornography transactions, and reviewed more than 180,000 complaints of alleged child sexual victimization resulting in the arrest of over 16,500 individuals.