Captain Daniel K. Meadows
The Delaware State Police Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security Section is a statewide function under the command of Captain Daniel Meadows. The section is comprised of the Homeland Security Unit under the supervision of Lt. Tim Hulings and the Investigations and Support Unit under the supervision of Lt. Dan Sponaugle. Lt. William Crotty was responsible for special projects and helped coordinate the implementation of a new policing model for the Delaware State Police. At the direction of the Executive Staff, Lt. Crotty was instrumental in the development of the Delaware State Police S.P.E.A.R. program (State Police Enhanced Analytic Response). He also worked on several other technology based initiatives in support of the strategy. 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 several task force officers. These officers work in partnership with several federal agencies such as the United States Marshalls Service, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. We also continued a state partnership dedicated to the investigation of firearms violence in Delaware.
During 2015, 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 242 groups classified as “gangs” or “developing gangs” with various sets and cliques containing approximately 1,084 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.
In 2015, the section continued a program to deploy three sworn member of the Division as “Criminal Intelligence Officers.” These Troopers are designed to fully take advantage of information available through a variety of methods and leverage that information in the furtherance of solving crime. These Troopers also provide ongoing training to assets in the field regarding responsible intelligence collection and the value of that information. This program has been a great success contributing to increased clearance of crime through partnership with criminal investigators. These Troopers have also been instrumental in providing reporting to DSP leadership to aid in the deployment of resources in response to crime events and trends.
During 2015 the section’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, working with the section’s High Technology Crime Unit, investigated 246 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 2015 the section’s High Technology Crimes Unit fulfilled over 502 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 2015 the section’s Electronic Surveillance Unit responded to 2,850 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 32 wanted criminals that would not have been otherwise located in a timely manner. The total number of wanted fugitives located as result of this initiative is 151 since the inception of the program.
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 leverage information regarding crime trends and identifying offenders. In 2015 DIAC provided 2,300 information and/or intelligence products to our federal, state and local public and private sector partners.
• In 2015, DIAC continues to provide 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. DIAC also reports local intelligence information up to the federal government in support of the counter-terrorism mission. Considering the threats that face our nation on a daily basis, the DIAC is committed to vigilance in the responsible sharing of threat information. The DIAC is able to accomplish this mission with full consideration of the rights to privacy and civil rights/civil liberties of the citizens of Delaware and those that visit or work in our state.
• 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 and DIAC website) DIAC received 76 suspicious activity reports in 2015. 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.
The Delaware State Police Intelligence Section instituted a Terrorism Liaison Program in 2015. The program is managed by Cpl/3 Tim Kerstetter. He has been instrumental in providing training and education to a wide array of disciplines on matters of homeland security. This information includes specific information about the threats that face a vast cross section of individuals. He has also been vigilant in training law enforcement, first responders, and private sector partners in the pre-operational indicators prior to a terrorist event. In today’s climate, considering the significant increase of adverse events in the United States and abroad, this role is vital to the safety and security of our state and nation.
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 Criminal Intelligence Unit, Critical Infrastructure Unit, made valuable contributions to ensuring the safety of critical infrastructure sites in Delaware. Mr. Ron Bounds coordinates the efforts of this unit and is a dedicated professional conducting vulnerability assessments and managing special projects. In 2015, Mr. Bounds continued to manage a project that is vital to the protection of sites along Delaware’s waterways.
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 allows 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 inter-agency relationships with the Wilmington Police Department, DNREC, the New Jersey State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, regional fire and rescue departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS Homeland Security Investigations, Amtrak Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The unit has also developed meaningful partnerships with numerous private sector partners. The DSP Maritime Unit has participated in numerous outreach opportunities to encourage responsible reporting of suspicious activity in the maritime domain. The DSP Maritime Unit is currently the only agency working within Delaware state and local government with a full time Maritime Homeland Security mission.
The Criminal Intelligence Section was proud of the ability to provide proactive criminal investigations, valuable case support, and the facilitation of an information sharing environment in 2015. The DIAC will continue to evaluate the standing information needs and priority intelligence needs of our stakeholders in Delaware. We will continue to evaluate the threat environment and how it applies to Delaware. The DIAC will continue to work toward its core mission of detecting, preventing, investigating and responding to criminal and terrorist activity. We will continue to disseminate intelligence and facilitate communications between state, local, federal agencies and private sector partners, to help them take action on threats and public safety issues.
- Information obtained from 2015 DSP Annual Report -