GEORGIA

RISS Center- ROCIC

Georgia Leadership for ROCIC

In addition to federal monitoring, ROCIC is governed by a board of directors composed of an elected member and proxy from each of the 14 states in the ROCIC region. In Georgia, these leadership positions
are held by:

Board Member:
Sheriff John Cary Bittick
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
(478) 994-7048

Board Proxy:
Director Vernon Keenan
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
(404) 244-2501

Georgia Office of Attorney General
Intelligence Research Services

Credit Card Fraud: The Georgia Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Unit (OAG CPU), investigated a suspect who had obtained more than 847 credit card applications, from which he successfully obtained more than 600 credit cards. The investigation led to a 23-count federal indictment and the issuance of an arrest warrant. Investigators had an address for the suspect and had spotted him during earlier surveillances. The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) had hits for the suspect’s car in the Atlanta area, but all contacts with the suspect were several months old. The OAG CPU contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to request a search of databases for additional addresses and check for additional hits. The ROCIC staff fulfilled the request in less than two hours, providing two additional possible addresses from a skiptrace report. The investigators checked the last known address from a previous surveillance and learned that the suspect had moved out after a domestic altercation. The former girlfriend then called the defendant to warn him about the warrant. OAG CPU and USPIS investigators split into two groups to immediately check the two addresses provided by ROCIC. Within 20 minutes of the warning call, the suspect was spotted leaving the third address obtained from ROCIC. The defendant had grabbed some clothing, his computers and phones, additional fraud- related material, and was fleeing the area. He was stopped in the parking lot and arrested for the outstanding warrant. Based on new probable cause developed during the arrest, a search warrant was drafted for the computers and phones in his car. Additional fraud activity was determined. The suspect is currently being held with no bond in the federal system.

In FY2017—

189 Member Agencies
19,335 Sworn Personnel Served
2,049 Officers and Personnel Trained
42,242 Intelligence Database Inquiries
332 Intelligence Database Hits
1,260 Requests for Information on 4,624 Targets
4,617 Analytical and 54 Forensic Products Delivered
80,168 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated

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 Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC), one of the six RISS Centers, began providing services to its members in 1973.

The ROCIC region consists of:
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Texas
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• Virginia
• West Virginia

Since 1973, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from ROCIC services has grown to more than 2,100 agencies.

www.riss.net/Impact

Upson County Sheriff’s Office, Griffin Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Analytical Services

Home Invasion Robbery: During a week long criminal trial, the ROCIC analytical staff was instrumental in persuading an Upson County jury to convict a defendant on 11 counts of home invasion, robbery, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and criminal attempt to commit home invasion and armed robbery. The jury convicted the defendant of entering the home of the elderly victims, holding them at gunpoint, tying them up, and stealing money and guns from their home. In addition to producing cell tower mapping and crime scene reproductions for the jury to view, the ROCIC staff recovered a text message from a cell phone that proved vital to the prosecution and key to the conviction. The judge sentenced the offender to life in prison, plus 60 years.

Peachtree City Police Department
Analytical Services

Burglary: The Peachtree City Police Department (PCPD) was called to a burglary in progress when a homeowner interrupted three suspects during the act. The suspects were located and stopped by patrol officers responding to the call. The suspects were subsequently arrested for loitering and criminal attempt to commit burglary. The PCPD obtained cell phone records of the suspects. Investigators contacted the ROCIC analytical staff to plot the cell phone tower hits of the suspects. The charts produced by ROCIC linked the suspects to the crime scene and led to the successful prosecution of all three suspects.

Peachtree City Police Department
Analytical Services

Burglary: The Peachtree City Police Department (PCPD) was called to a burglary in progress when a homeowner interrupted three suspects during the act. The suspects were located and stopped by patrol officers responding to the call. The suspects were subsequently arrested for loitering and criminal attempt to commit burglary. The PCPD obtained cell phone records of the suspects. Investigators contacted the ROCIC analytical staff to plot the cell phone tower hits of the suspects. The charts produced by ROCIC linked the suspects to the crime scene and led to the successful prosecution of all three suspects.

Thomaston Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Child Molestation: The Thomaston Police Department investigated a report of the molestations of two female juveniles. The family of the victims could not provide any specific information regarding the offender except for his name. Upon request, the ROCIC intelligence research staff compiled a comprehensive report on the suspect within the hour and e-mailed the report to the Thomaston investigators. The information received from ROCIC led to the positive identification of the suspect and his subsequent arrest for sex crimes.

Telfair County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Drug Trafficking: The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) borrowed ROCIC specialized surveillance equipment for use in a long-term investigation of illegal drug trafficking in its jurisdiction. As a result, TCSO narcotics agents arrested five suspects for conspiring to distribute illegal drugs in middle Georgia and seized marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, OxyContin, Xanax, additional drugs, two vehicles, 27 firearms, and $14,000 in U.S. currency. The ROCIC equipment was used to document drug buys and to ensure the safety of undercover narcotics officers.

Fulton County Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Armed Robbery/Murder: The Fulton County Police Department (FCPD) investigated an armed robbery/ murder case at a local gas station. During the robbery, four suspects entered the gas station and robbed and killed the clerk. The weapons used in the crime were recovered. Crime analysts with the FCPD contacted ROCIC to request a search of social media sites for any information related to the suspects. The ROCIC intelligence research staff supplied photographs that assisted investigators in linking the four suspects in the case with weapons used in the crime. All four of the suspects are awaiting trial.

Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Assault: The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office was investigating an assault case. The District Attorney’s investigators attempted to locate the victim and several witnesses without much success. The agency contacted ROCIC to request information pertaining to the current locations of the witnesses. Investigators credit information received from the ROCIC intelligence research staff in helping to locate the crucial witnesses that led to the conviction of the defendant, who received a sentence of 25 years in prison. The investigator said that without the assistance of ROCIC, the case would have fallen apart.

Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Fugitive Apprehension: The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office prepared to conduct an outstanding warrant sweep involving some of the more serious crimes that had been committed in its jurisdiction. Sheriff’s deputies requested that the ROCIC intelligence research staff perform database intelligence inquiries on each subject. Deputies subsequently arrested 24 individuals based on information received from ROCIC, clearing 43 warrants in the two-day operation. ROCIC also determined that 15 individuals were already incarcerated or deceased, thus saving numerous man -hours tracking down these individuals.

Georgia Department of Revenue
Intelligence Research Services

Income Tax Evasion: The Georgia Department of Revenue, Office of Special Investigations (DORSI) contacted ROCIC to provide a law enforcement contact in the Nashville, Tennessee, area. The DORSI Director needed assistance in serving a high-profile entertainment personality with documents pertaining to a criminal case involving income tax evasion. The investigator had received information that the target would be filming on a movie set within a certain time frame and needed assistance from local law enforcement for the service. ROCIC provided contact information and arranged a meeting. The Georgia investigator traveled to the Nashville area and served the individual within an hour of arrival, then returned to Georgia. The DORSI Director credited ROCIC and its resources for assisting with his investigation, specifically the successful serving of the investigative documents.

Flowery Branch Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Assault: The Flowery Branch Police Department investigated an assault case involving the stabbing of a female victim that was witnessed by her four children and a neighbor’s child. One of the children was also assaulted. The suspect was thought to be in the United States illegally and to have outstanding warrants in California and Texas. Checks with the National Crime Information Center revealed no relevant information. The investigators contacted ROCIC to request any possible information on the suspect. Information provided to the agency by the ROCIC intelligence research staff assisted in the identification and arrest of the suspect. The suspect was indicted on two counts of assault.

Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation Enforcement Division
Intelligence Research Services

Fraud/False Swearing: The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation Enforcement Division received a complaint from an attorney representing an employer in a worker’s compensation claim. The complainant alleged that an employee, who had been injured while at work, had filed a worker’s compensation claim and subsequently made multiple false statements while under oath during a deposition. As part of the investigation, the Enforcement Division requested assistance from the ROCIC intelligence research staff, which, in turn, produced a comprehensive intelligence report on the employee that contained vital information pertaining to the case. Once warrants were issued for the suspect’s arrest, the information received from ROCIC led to the suspect’s location, and an arrest was made in Bibb County.

Fairburn Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Criminal Warrants: During the investigations of various crimes, the Fairburn Police Department (FPD) attempted to serve old warrants which it had obtained. The usual methods of locating the suspects proved unsuccessful. The FPD submitted an outstanding warrant list to the ROCIC intelligence research staff. After research was conducted by ROCIC staff, five individuals listed on pending felony warrants, who were already serving time in various Georgia prisons, were located. This valuable information allowed investigators to move forward with disposing of their pending cases through the courts and other means.