Illinois Leadership for MOCIC
In addition to federal monitoring, MOCIC is governed by an Executive Committee composed of one elected member and one alternate from each of the nine states in the MOCIC region. Each Executive Committee member appoints a State Review Committee to provide advice and counsel on matters concerning MOCIC. In Illinois, these leadership positions are held by:
Executive Committee Member:
Lieutenant Michael Clark
Peoria Police Department
Executive Committee Alternate:
Chief Deputy Paul Kuhns
Effingham County Sheriff’s Office
State Review Committee Members:
Sergeant George Pappas
Glendale Heights Police Department
Sheriff Dave Clague
Knox County Sheriff’s Office
Gadsden Police Department
Information Sharing Services
Burglary: The Gadsden Police Department (GPD) investigated the burglary of a local mosque, during which a white male suspect stole the donation box containing in excess of $1,000. There was no forced entry or evidence of tampering with the alarm system, which was bypassed. Information about the burglary was disseminated by ROCIC to law enforcement agencies in Alabama and other states through the eBulletin, special flyers, and the RISSLeads Investigative Website. Information was returned about a similar burglary in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. The suspect in the Virginia case was identified; he was the same perpetrator as the one in the Gadsden case. Arrest warrants were obtained, but the suspect remains at large. He is a parole violator in North Dakota and is believed responsible for mosque burglaries in the Alabama cities of Anniston and Tuscaloosa; Blacksburg, Virginia; and several other states.The GPD was later notified by ROCIC that the stolen donation box had been recovered in Shelby County, Alabama. The GPD investigating lieutenant noted that the mosque burglary would have remained unsolved without the unique services of ROCIC.
(As of September 30, 2017)
197 Member Agencies
659 Requests for Criminal Investigative Research
Assistance Involving 1,218 Inquiries
6,525 Intelligence Database Inquiries and
2,229 Intelligence Database Submissions
27 Equipment Requests Involving the Loan of
71 Items of Investigative Equipment
622 Analytical Products Produced
554 Service Contacts With Field Staff
Chicago Police Department
The Chicago Police Department contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in a homicide and arson investigation. The suspects, who were posing as city workers, had entered a home, killed a victim, and subsequently burned the house down. The MOCIC staff mapped the records of a number of related cell phones, which assisted the authorities in determining the locations of those involved in the criminal activity and allowed them to successfully present the case for charging and prosecution.
Union County Sheriff’s Office
Analytical/Digital Forensics Services
The Union County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC staff for assistance in a burglary investigation in which the suspect had burglarized a tavern and a vehicle. The MOCIC analytical staff prepared a timeline map, and the digital forensics staff recovered a surveillance video from a digital video recorder (DVR) that the suspect had destroyed. The suspect pled guilty to two counts of burglary and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Deerfield Police Department
The Deerfield Police Department borrowed MOCIC specialized investigative equipment for use in a theft investigation. Authorities were investigating a reported employee theft in a common area at an assisted living facility. The MOCIC equipment captured images of an employee searching through coworkers’ purses and taking jewelry from elderly residents’ rooms. As a result of the investigation, a suspect was arrested and authorities recovered $400 worth of stolen jewelry.
Randolph County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in identifying suspects in a fraud investigation. The victim was contacted by telephone, and using that information, the MOCIC staff provided information that assisted authorities in identifying one of two suspects, who was located in a southern state.
“Heroin is poisoning our communities and getting people addicted without the means to pay for their habit, which leads to thefts and burglaries. I want to put an end to this in our county. MOCIC has allowed us to have the tools available to combat this ever-growing problem.”
——Iroquois County Sheriff’s Department
“For many law enforcement agencies facing all these cutbacks, things just wouldn’t get done if it wasn’t for MOCIC.”
—Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
“The computerized work that the MOCIC analyst produced was extremely valuable to our case. The determination, hard work, and professionalism exhibited by the analyst was evident, and I thank him and MOCIC for the valuable assistance provided to our department.”
—Bloomingdale Police Department
“There have been several cases where the positive identification of offenders would not have been possible without the work of MOCIC.”
—Downers Grove Police Department
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 Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center (MOCIC), one of the six RISS Centers, began providing services to its regional member agencies in 1980. MOCIC’s region consists of:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- Canadian province of Manitoba
Since 1980, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from MOCIC services has grown to more than 1,785 agencies.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
The MOCIC intelligence research staff provided assistance to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in a homicide investigation. The victim had a car for sale on an online classified ad forum. Authorities believed that the suspect arranged to meet the victim to look at the car and instead shot him and hid the body. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in identifying and arresting the suspect.
Illinois State Police
Intelligence Research Services
The Illinois State Police contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a narcotics investigation. Authorities were trying to determine whether a suspect was using multiple identifications to buy pills for a methamphetamine manufacturer. The MOCIC staff obtained information from the Western States Information Network (WSIN) that assisted in confirming the suspect’s criminal activity.