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Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit

Sexual Assault Investigations Section

Enforcement

The Sexual Crimes Investigations Unit of the Special Victims Bureau's Investigations Section investigates those assaults defined on Florida Statutes 794 and classified in the crime information systems as Forcible Sex Offenses.  The Forcible Sex Offense category is defined as any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the victim's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.  Offenses of Florida Statutes 800.04, Lewd or Lascivious Offenses committed upon or in the presence of persons less than 16 years of age are also investigated by the Special Victims Bureau (SVB).

ICAC

The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Squad investigates computer child pornography, transmission of pornography by electronic device or equipment, soliciting a child for a sex crime and exposing minors to harmful motion pictures. The Squad also conducts proactive and undercover online investigations related to child pornography and solicitations of a child for a sex crime. Additionally, the ICAC Squad works closely with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a partner of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which is commonly known as Law Enforcement Against Child Harm Task Force, to teach children, parents and professionals how to keep young people safer while using the internet.

Cold Case Squad

The Cold Case Squad investigates all of the SVB cold cases and tracks all of the convicted offenders with qualifying offenses in order to obtain and execute court orders for their DNA standards.

Department of Children and Families Squad

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) Squad investigates all of the DCF's reports submitted to the SVB in which an allegation of sexual misconduct was reported or is suspected to be occurring and/or has occurred within the Miami-Dade County. They also investigate all cases involving children as victims and subjects, of the ages 11 and under, where the criminal intent cannot be proven.

SVB Clearinghouse

The SVB Clearinghouse (SVBCH) collects intelligence and crime information from participating law enforcement agencies within the South Florida area and enters it into a common database.  The SVBCH serves as a centralized repository and resource to participants of the program by providing criminal intelligence and discernable trend information pertaining to sexual crimes.  The SVBCH also conducts data analysis to develop information to aid Bureau detectives and other law enforcement agencies in their investigations.  It provides information to the districts to assist in meeting their tactical crime control and prevention objectives.

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