WORLD LEADING AUSTRALIA'S TASKFORCE ARGOS
Working to rescue and protect children
Task Force Argos is a branch of Australia's Queensland Police Service, responsible for the investigation of online child exploitation and abuse. Founded in 1997, the unitís original charter was to investigate institutional child abuse allegations arising from the Forde Inquiry.
The unit's name was derived from Greek mythology, in which Argus Panoptes, or Argos, was a primordial "all seeing" giant with multiple eyes, guardian of the goddess Io. As protector of the goddess, Argos was great and strong: sleep never fell upon his eyes, and he kept sure watch always.
Technological advances and wider access to the Internet led the unit in 2002 to explore avenues to address growing community concern over the proliferation of child exploitation across the internet. Task Force Argos identified potential threats to children in online chat rooms, where sexual predators were grooming children and recruiting them to engage in sexual activity.
The work of Task Force Argos in raising community awareness to the dangers of online predatory behaviour has been recognised globally. The team was awarded the International Law Enforcement Cybercrime Award 2011 (Gold award) by The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB), a Canadian-based organisation committed to enhancing partnerships in order to prevent and combat crimes in cyberspace.
Contact Argos through Queensland Police
State Crime Command