DELAWARE STATE POLICE INTELLIGENCE UNIT
Captain Daniel K. Meadows
The Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security Section is a statewide function under the command of Captain Daniel K. Meadows.
The section is comprised of the Homeland Security Unit under the supervision of Lt. William Crotty and the Investigations and Support Unit under the supervision of Lt. W. Thomas Ford. Each of these units has statewide operational responsibility and provides investigative and technical assistance to patrol and criminal investigation troops as well as other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.
The Investigations and Support Unit consists of the Intelligence Investigations Squad, the Electronic Surveillance Squad, the High Technology Crimes Unit (HTCU)/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF) as well as two investigators assigned to the US Marshall’s Task Force and the ATF Task Force.
During 2012, the section’s investigators worked with investigators and officers in the field, both inside and outside of DSP, to identify members of organized gangs operating in Delaware. Investigators were able to verify the existence of 45 groups classified as “gangs” or “developing gangs” with various sets and cliques containing approximately 441 identified members. The section also maintained the Delaware Statewide Intelligence System as a 28 CFR Part 23 compliant intelligence database available for the entire state.
Investigators conducted an extended investigation into drug related activities conducted by members and associates of the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club in Delaware. The investigation culminated in November with ten simultaneous search and seizure warrants being executed in New Castle County and Elkton, MD. As a result of the investigation, 8 individuals were taken into custody without incident with over two Kilos of cocaine, guns, money and vehicles seized. Subsequent indictments are pending.
During 2012 the section’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force working with the section’s High Technology Crime Unit investigated 162 cases involving subjects who utilized the internet to victimize children via the storing or trading of images of child pornography and arrested subjects who traveled to meet undercover detectives, thinking they were going to meet for the purposes of having sex with children.
During 2012 the section’s High Technology Crimes Unit provided 242 service requests to both DSP investigators and outside agencies. These services include the forensic examination of computer hard drives, cell phones and other electronic media.
During 2012 the section’s Electronic Surveillance Unit provided 3,460 service requests to both DSP investigators and outside agencies. These services include covert investigative assistance, as well as, repairs and maintenance of the division’s entire inventory of fixed surveillance cameras at all division facilities. This unit also used confidential technology that directly resulted in the immediate apprehension of 22 wanted criminals that would not have been otherwise located in a timely manner.
The Homeland Security Unit consists of the state designated fusion center (Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC), the DSP/FBI JTTF component and the DSP Maritime Unit.
DIAC provides analytic and intelligence services to law enforcement partners, public safety and government partners as well as private sector partners throughout the state and region. DIAC also works with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency in our state’s prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to natural, biological and technological hazards. Services provided by DIAC to our partners include:
Intelligence-led policing support and case support to law enforcement line officers, detectives and executives throughout the state in the form of daily intelligence products and specific case support products that help leaders “connect the dots” with regard to crime trends and identifying offenders. In 2012 DIAC provided 2,299 information and/or intelligence products to our federal, state and local public and private sector partners. In 2012 DIAC rolled out a comprehensive crime analysis IT system available to all of Delaware law enforcement. This system has played a major role in solving crime to include homicide cases.
Providing partners with both classified and unclassified actionable intelligence information that originates within the federal intelligence community, to include the FBI and DHS. DIAC takes this intelligence information and analyzes it in context of how it is relevant to Delaware. Failure to do this on a regular basis was identified by the 9/11 Commission as a failure in the US intelligence enterprise that needed to be corrected. DIAC continues to play a large part in correcting this deficiency. DIAC also reports local intelligence information up to the federal government in support of the counter-terrorism mission.
Providing a central point of contact for both the public and private sectors to report suspicious activity via our suite of Force12 products. (800 tip line; Force12 e-mail; DIAC website and Force 12 App.) DIAC received 117 suspicious activity reports in 2011 and 64 in 2012. DIAC vets and analyzes the tips and coordinates investigation with the FBI via the DSP Intelligence Section detective assigned to the local joint Terrorism Task Force.
Providing our private sector partners with threat, risk and vulnerability assessments that they use to make informed decisions on how to protect their critical infrastructure facilities. DIAC takes pride in their commitment to safeguarding privacy and civil liberties of all citizens and, like all other fusion centers, has adopted strict privacy policies that ensure the rights of all.
The DSP Maritime Unit was created to protect the critical infrastructure and key resources along Delaware’s waterways. The unit is currently staffed with three troopers on a full-time basis. Additionally, three additional troopers have been outfitted and trained in the unit’s operations and assist the full-time members in addition to their current road patrol assignments.
The unit focuses on critical infrastructure protection, high visibility patrol and prevention, emergency response with allied agencies and units, recovery operation support and outreach to the maritime community. The unit is co-located with the Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC) and works regularly with a specially trained intelligence analyst. This will allow unit members to tailor proactive patrols based on the current threat picture and vulnerability assessments. This “intelligence-led” model allows for more effective patrol a very large area of responsibility.
The DSP Maritime Unit has developed interagency relationships with the Wilmington Police Department, DNREC, the New Jersey State Police, regional fire and rescue departments, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The DSP Maritime Unit is currently the only agency working within Delaware state and local government with a full time Maritime Homeland Security mission.
During 2012, the section instructed recruit and in-service training in the areas of Gang Identification, use of Electronic Surveillance Equipment, use of cell phone forensic equipment, 28 CFR Part 23 (Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Intelligence Enterprise), use of the Delaware Statewide Information System and Applicant Background Investigations. The section also put on the fourth annual “Hometown Security Conference” which provided homeland security training through nationally recognized speakers to over 100 law enforcement officers throughout the region.
- Information obtained from 2012 DSP Annual Report -