Connecticut Leadership for NESPIN
In addition to federal monitoring, NESPIN is governed by a policy board composed of one state and one local representative from each member state. In Connecticut, these leadership positions are held by the following NESPIN members:
The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) mission is to assist local, state, federal, and tribal criminal justice agencies by providing adaptive solutions and services that facilitate information sharing, support criminal investigations, and promote officer safety.
The New England State Police Information Network (NESPIN), one of six RISS Centers, began providing services to its regional member agencies in 1980.
NESPIN’s region consists of:
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• Eastern and Maritime Canada
Since 1980, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from NESPIN services has grown to more than 973 agencies.
As threats to our nation continue to emerge, law enforcement at all levels of government must have the ability to quickly and securely access critical information and intelligence. RISS is an innovator and leader in providing this capability. Examples of RISS’s efforts include:
RISS Support for Narcotics (Including Opioid) Investigations: RISS has been named as an important partner in the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. RISS is one of the key field-based information sharing, analytic, and investigative entities that leverage this capability to enable interjurisdictional and multidisciplinary information sharing and facilitate collaboration among federal, state, and local public safety partners to address both local and nationwide threats.
Identifying the Impostor: In collaboration with a police officer from the Saugus, Massachusetts, Police Department, NESPIN has been providing space and assistance for his training course “Identifying the Impostor” for almost two years, reaching more than 800 attendees. The focus of the course is on foreign national impostors using stolen identities of U.S. citizens to live and commit various criminal offenses in the New England area, particularly narcotics trafficking.
- New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA)–Driven by the six New England State Retail Associations, NEORCA is a group of retailers and law enforcement personnel who have partnered together to reduce property crimes, keep shoppers safer, and lessen their chances of becoming victims.
- Scrap Metal Industry–Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) has worked to be a part of the solution to the problem of metal theft. It helps police, communities, and the industry. ISRI has developed www.ScrapTheftAlert.com, a new online theft reporting system available to law enforcement and recyclers, free of charge.
- Surviving the Unthinkable–Law Enforcement Officer Safety–Promotes the importance of police departments having a plan to take care of officers who are severely injured in the line of duty and are forced to cut their careers short.
- Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement–A program taught to police officers that provides officers with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so that they can respond to mental health-related calls appropriately without compromising safety.
- Event Deconfliction–NESPIN has taken an active role in promoting deconfliction in New England. The three nationally recognized event deconfliction systems are Case Explorer, RISSafe, and SAFETNet.
Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad
A detective with the Connecticut State Police Western District Major Crime Squad contacted the NESPIN analytical staff to request assistance with a larceny/forgery investigation in which the victim was a 50-year-old developmentally challenged individual. Two female caretakers were suspected of falsifying records for providing care to the victim and also making fraudulent purchases using the victim’s debit card. The NESPIN staff analyzed several sources of records, including employment, telephone, and banking, to form an analysis that demonstrated the suspects’ movements and locations and indicated that the suspects were indeed physically separated from the victim during times that they should have been present and caring for the victim. Further investigation produced evidence of a possible motive for the larceny. The detective stated, “NESPIN has repeatedly provided excellent services with timely results which are not readily available in our agency. Without the resources provided by NESPIN, many of our investigations would have suffered.”
114 Member Agencies 8,359 Sworn Personnel Served
711 Officers from 260 Agencies Attended Trainings for a Total of 10,116 Hours
16,341,336 RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) Total Records and
591,450 RISSProp Inquiries
20 Analytical Requests Totaling 534 Products Delivered
8 Equipment Loans
1,374 Total Requests for Research/Assistance and 6,158 Investigative Database Searches
“NESPIN provided us with a variety of graphs and charts that mapped out the suspect’s movements prior to, during, and after the shooting. The documentation was extremely well written and will be very useful for prosecution.”
—Officer Fairbrother Wallingford Police Department
“The arrest warrants for the burglary case were signed. The State’s Attorney was impressed with the case, and your analysis of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and phone logs were a big part of that. Thank you again for your awesome work on this case.”
—Detective Kari Glaude Windsor Police Department
“Without the NESPIN/RISSProp, these transactions would not have been discovered. RISSProp was instrumental in a successful closure of this case.”
——Detective David Blezard Windsor Police Department
“First, let me say thank you for all of the help that you and [NESPIN staff] provided. Yes, your photos helped. The case resulted in ten arrest warrants for the sale of narcotics, three search warrants, and one consent to search a motel room. We seized 154 grams of raw heroin, 180 bags of heroin, and $943 in U.S. currency at one location and $17,700 in cash and more at the other locations.”
—Analyst Kendra Ross Connecticut State Police
Waterford Police Department
The Waterford Police Department borrowed NESPIN surveillance equipment to aid in investigating a prostitution sting. The equipment was used to monitor undercover officers who were meeting with women. This investigation resulted in the arrest of one suspect, who was utilizing an online website to post advertisements. The case also investigated several Asian women, who were utilizing the same telephone number as the arrested individual, who is believed to be part of human trafficking through the casinos. This investigation is still ongoing by several agencies in the area.
Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force
Intelligence Research Services
An intelligence analyst with the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request assistance in a heroin trafficking case. The NESPIN staff was asked to specifically find phone numbers for one subject to determine whether he was a brother of another subject and whether the second subject’s wife/girlfriend could be located. Also requested was information on two addresses associated with the subjects. The NESPIN staff was able to determine that one motor vehicle was registered to the first subject at one of the addresses. The NESPIN staff also provided a third address at which the wife/girlfriend had a registered motor vehicle and determined that the first subject also shared that address. The NESPIN staff also found and requested mugshots from another case in Connecticut to be used by the task force to positively identify its suspect. The third address provided by the NESPIN staff became the target of a search warrant. One of the investigating detective troopers stated, “First, let me say thank you for all of the help that you and [NESPIN staff] provided. Yes, your photos helped. The case resulted in ten arrest warrants, three search warrants, and one consent to search a motel room. We seized 154 grams of raw heroin, 180 bags of heroin, $943 in U.S. currency at one location and $17,700 in cash and more at the other locations.”
Simsbury Police Department
The Simsbury Police Department utilized RISSProp to search for reported stolen items. The suspect had more than 290 transactions during that year alone at local pawnshops. At the conclusion of the investigation, the suspect admitted to 19 shed burglaries, and the police officers recovered stolen property valued at $30,000 from the pawnshops. Most of the items were powered lawn equipment and powered tools. The suspect admitted to burglaries in Granby, East Granby, East Hartford, and West Hartford, Connecticut. One officer stated, “NESPIN played a big role in assisting us with identifying a suspect and closing this case with 19 solved burglaries.”