DHS cybercrime investigators to get counseling

The Homeland Security Department plans to provide psychological counseling to cybercrime investigators who are constantly exposed to graphic images of child pornography and exploitation.

In a presolicitation notice issued March 3, the Border and Transportation Security Directorate's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm said it would seek bids for the psychological services later this month. The selected vendor will provide psychological services to employees at the directorate's Cyber Crimes Center and Law Enforcement Support Center, as well as to the directorate's undercover officers and undercover managers, according to the notice.

'The contractor shall provide wellness reviews with employees of C3 and LESC in order to discuss how they are managing the various stresses of working in an environment with constant access to graphic child pornography images and child exploitation investigations,' according to the notice. 'The contractor shall provide an assessment of employees of the C3 and LESC in order to assist them in identifying potential obstacles to their ability to effectively and consistently perform their required tasks.'

Bidders will have to show that they have a law enforcement background. The solicitation will also cover the provision of psychological services to ICE undercover agents, according to the notice. In addition to providing psychological evaluations of prospective agents before they graduate from the Undercover Operatives School, the contractor will be required to provide a nationwide network of licensed psychologists to provide immediate psychological interventions throughout the country at any time, day or night, all year.

ICE representatives were not immediately available for comment.


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