DELAWARE STATE POLICE INTELLIGENCE UNIT
Captain Peter B. Sawyer
The Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence Section is made up of several units. Each of this units has statewide responsibility for their operations and assists patrol and criminal investigative troops further their investigations. Intelligence investigators handle an array of investigations from gangs to domestic and international terrorism. The Electronic Surveillance Unit is responsible for all overt and covert electronics equipment throughout the Division. The High Technology Crimes Unit and Delaware Child Predator Task Force are responsible for identifying on-line crimes and their follow-up forensic investigations. And finally the Delaware Information and Analysis Center is Delaware’s state designated fusion center, responsible for the information sharing of multiple disciplines, in a “all-hazards, all-crimes” approach.
The following is a breakdown of the highlights of each unit’s activity in 2009:
Criminal Intelligence Investigations
Criminal Intelligence Investigators participate in professional organizations, both regionally and nationally. Regionally, the section is a member of the Combined Law Enforcement Intelligence Group, or CLEIG, which is comprised of members from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Nationally, the section is a member of the Law Enforcement Intelligence Unit, or LEIU, which has a strong national membership and been in existence since 1958. Other national memberships are GLOBAL’s Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association (IOMGIA), the National Bunco Investigators (NABI), the Mid-Atlantic Gang Investigators Network (MARGIN), and the East Coast Gang Investigators Association (ECGIA). Membership to these organizations ensures the Criminal Intelligence Section and the Delaware State Police are maintaining professional standards in the area of intelligence management, staying abreast of current threat issues, and obtaining the most current intelligence information available from credible sources.
The investigations conducted by this unit are confidential and federal law mandates dissemination of intelligence information to law enforcement only. The investigators within this unit have national security clearances to work and share information with our federal partners in the area of homeland security.
The “Counter-Terrorism Unit” that was established in April of 2002 continues their homeland security efforts, protecting the citizenry and key assets of Delaware. This unit works directly with the U.S. Attorney’s “Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council” (ATAC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the United States Secret Service, the United States Coast Guard, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), the U.S. Postal Inspector, the Delaware National Guard, all U.S. military service investigative units, other state police agencies, and regional, county/municipal law enforcement agencies. The “Counter-Terrorism Unit” is charged with investigating terrorism and related activities within the state of Delaware and works with federal agents to develop criminal intelligence information and criminal prosecutions in this area. This unit also monitors the toll free tip line for leads and assigns these leads appropriately to various law enforcement jurisdictions.
In November 2009, the Counter Intelligence Unit sponsored its first “Hometown Security Conference” at the Wilmington University Campus in Dover. The conference concentrated on educating local law enforcement about the reality of small town ties to national and international terrorist events. It was a very successful and informative conference with local and regional experts in many related fields. Representatives from thirty Delaware police departments attended.
Electronic Surveillance Unit
The Electronic Surveillance Unit is another unit within the Criminal Intelligence Section. The Electronic Surveillance Unit assists investigative units within the division of State Police in addition to local and federal agencies. The Electronic Surveillance Unit procures and distributes all video and audio equipment for the Division and is tasked with the maintenance of the electronic equipment throughout the Division. In the course of criminal investigations, detectives within the unit also supply detectives in the field with specialized electronic equipment that is required for a successful case conclusion and prosecution. Case specifics and equipment used by the Electronic Surveillance Unit are of a confidential nature to protect the integrity of the investigations and methods used to gather investigative leads. During the 2009 calendar year the unit experienced a significant increase in the number of requests for service. The Electronic Surveillance Unit handled 1,259 requests for service, which is a 21% increase over 2008.
High Technology Crimes and Delaware Child Predator Task
In response to the sophistication of computer technology and resources challenging Delaware law enforcement to investigate high technology and computer crimes, the Delaware State Police established the High Technology Crimes Unit (HTCU). HTCU provides all Delaware law enforcement agencies technical and investigative expertise on computer-related crimes.
Its mission is to provide computer and high technology forensic capabilities, become a resource for law enforcement and government agencies on computer or high tech crime issues, provide training to the public, law enforcement, and government agencies on the threat and awareness of computer crime, and proactively work to identify computer criminals and prevent future cyber crimes. The High Technology Crimes Unit consists of six sworn members of the Delaware State Police under the direction of Lt. Robert Moses. In 2009, there were 357 calls for service for the High Technology Crimes Unit. These 357 cases were comprised of a wide variety of criminal offenses, including aggravated menacing, attempted kidnapping, Internet fraud, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of minors.
In September 2007, the Delaware Department of Justice, United States Department of Justice for the District of Delaware, Delaware State Police and 40 state, county and local Delaware law enforcement agencies have joined in a multi-agency work group, the Delaware Child Predator Task Force to conduct investigations regarding allegations of child sexual exploitation including: child sexual solicitation, possession and distribution of child pornography, and all related criminal conduct. The Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence Section has two troopers assigned to this taskforce.
The Delaware ICAC’s goals are to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of investigations and prosecutions of Internet Crimes Against Children and to increase public awareness and prevention of ICAC offenses. DEICAC’s objectives are to:
1. Increase the investigative capabilities of law enforcement officers in the detection, investigation, and apprehension of ICAC offenses;
2. Conduct proactive and reactive ICAC investigations;
3. Increase the number of ICAC offenses being prosecuted in both the federal and state courts;
4. Create a multi-agency task force response to ICAC offenses in Delaware;
5. Enhance the nationwide response to ICAC offenses;
6. Develop and deliver ICAC public awareness and prevention programs.
Delaware Information and Analysis Center
The Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC), Delaware’s Fusion Center serves as a critical component of Delaware’s Homeland Security as well as Criminal Intelligence, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Statewide Law Enforcement investigative support. The DIAC adheres to an All Crimes All Hazards approach to Homeland Security at the state level. This approach necessitates that DIAC provide real time information and intelligence to those decision makers with a need and right to know in the Law Enforcement sector.
The DIAC has numerous full time components embedded within, that include a six person analytical section, a Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit, and a statewide WMD coordinator. The DIAC’s analytic section is composed of four full time civilian intelligence analysts and two Delaware National Guard analysts, as well as a Department of Homeland Security representative. In addition the Department of Public Health provided a representative who works part time at the DIAC. The Critical Infrastructure Unit is composed of two sworn troopers and a civilian critical infrastructure planner. These full time members of DIAC work in conjunction with each other to identify, prevent, secure and inform Delaware’s Law Enforcement, private sector and public leaders of any and all threats to the security of Delaware. In addition to the above full time partners DIAC works daily with Delaware’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI, ATF, ICE, The Delaware National Guard, United States Coast Guard, Dover Air Force Base, the US Attorneys Office, and The Department of Homeland Security to ensure that information is shared and exchanged regularly to better protect our state.
In 2009 DIAC played a critical role in several events here in Delaware. The DIAC once again served as the intelligence lead in both NASCAR races held at Dover Downs providing a comprehensive threat assessment of the event. DIAC also served as an intelligence and information hub for President Obama’s Whistle Stop Tour and Inauguration events held here in Delaware. DIAC also played a key role in the successful Returns Day event attended by Vice President Joe Biden in Georgetown in January. DIAC analysts also assisted in numerous successful criminal arrests and prosecutions. Several were the result of detailed analysis and suspect workups done by the analysts. Others were the direct result of DIAC’s Daily Roll Call bulletins that allowed officers to identify suspects in numerous unsolved incidents.
- Information obtained from 2009 DSP
Annual Report -