DELAWARE STATE POLICE INTELLIGENCE UNIT
Captain Peter B. Sawyer
The Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security Section is a statewide function under the command of Captain Peter Sawyer.
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 Homeland Security Unit consists of the state designated fusion center (Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC), the DSP/FBI JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) component, and the DSP Maritime Unit.
The Investigations and Support Unit consists of the Intelligence Investigations Squad, the Electronic Surveillance Squad, two investigators assigned to the US Marshall’s Task Force and the ATF Task Force, as well as the High Technology Crimes Unit (HTCU) and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF).
During 2011 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 eighty groups classified as "street gangs" with various sets and cliques containing approximately 1,000 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. The section conducted ten proactive gang enforcement operations during the year that focused on geographic areas with a documented gang presence throughout the state.
During 2011 the section’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force working with the section’s High Technology Crime Unit investigated 225 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 2011 the section’s High Technology Crimes Unit provided 233 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 2011 the section’s Electronic Surveillance Unit provided 1,591 service requests to both DSP investigators and outside agencies. These services include covert cameras, GPS installs, Title 3 support, evidence DVD’s and repairs and maintenance of the division’s entire inventory of fixed surveillance cameras at all division facilities. This unit also put additional confidential technology in place that directly resulted in the immediate apprehension of 17 wanted criminals.
During 2011 the section’s intelligence fusion center produced and disseminated 1,253 crime analysis bulletins and projects to law enforcement throughout the state. These include a Daily Roll Call bulletin, Daily Crime Trend Tracking Bulletin, Special Bulletins, Monthly Drug Bulletin, Monthly Gang Bulletins, Monthly Hometown Security Training Bulletin and Daily Maritime Reports to name just a few. The section completed 1,916 other requests for service which include specifically requested crime analysis projects for Delaware’s law enforcement leaders both inside and outside of DSP and other information requests from across the state and country. The section provided intelligence, case support and analytical products in support of "Operation Pressure Point" in the city of Wilmington as well as numerous other longer term investigations and projects. The section also began researching, funding and standing up a very comprehensive crime analysis and crime mapping IT program that is expected to be operational by February of 2012.
During 2011, after recognizing significant maritime security concerns along our waterways, DSP and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security created the Maritime Unit utilizing federal Port Security Grant funding. The Maritime Unit was created to protect the critical infrastructure and key resources along Delaware’s waterways. The unit is the newest piece of the Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security Section and 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 Maritime Unit’s primary mission is one of Homeland Security. The unit became operational in August of 2011 and 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 allows unit members to tailor proactive patrols based on the current threat picture and vulnerability assessments. This "intelligence-led" model will allow the unit to more effectively 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 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 2011 the section participated in the national "See Something, Say Something" campaign. We worked with the Office of the Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security to produce products to educate the community on suspicious activity reporting mechanisms such as giveaways, bus billboards and other outreach materials. The section secured Homeland Security grant funds via Citizen Corps grants to produce outreach material directed at the community. The section also provided law enforcement training to the entire DSP on the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative and provided the training materials to police statewide. The section worked with the PIO office to promote the "See Something, Say Something" message through stand alone press releases and enhancements to press releases involving suspicious package and HME investigations.
During 2011 the section continued to receive terrorism tips via our 1-800 tip line and also instituted a tip e-mail address. A "check block" mechanism was added to the state’s LEISS reporting system making it easier for officers in the field to report suspicious activity. Tips and Leads were triaged via the section’s Homeland Security analyst(s) and vetted as appropriate. Tips and Leads were then assigned to the section’s detective assigned to the JTTF for investigation.
During 2011 the section maintained prioritized lists of critical infrastructures, persons and things that are vulnerable to attack via the ACAMS, DAIC IMS and LENS systems. The section led the newly formed DVAT (Delaware Vulnerability Assessment Team) and conducted 7 assessments of the states critical infrastructure as well as additional "special events" assessments at the request of state leaders. The section continued to leverage BZPP (Buffer Zone Protection Plan) grant funds and is in the process of working with (4) critical infrastructure sites to use these funds to construct countermeasures.
During 2011 the section provided analytical support to both NASCAR races, the death of Usama Bin Laden, the 10th Anniversary of 09/11 and Hurricane Irene as well as numerous other events such as EOD and CMT missions.
During 2011 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, use of the Delaware Statewide Information System, Nationwide SAR Initiative Line Officer Training and Applicant Background Investigations. The section also put on the third 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 2011 DSP Annual Report -