Iowa 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 Iowa, these leadership positions are held by:
Executive Committee Member:
Assistant Director Kevin Winker
Division of Intelligence
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Executive Committee Alternate:
Sheriff Gary Anderson
Appanoose County Sheriff’s Office
State Review Committee Members
Investigator Doug Hobart
Polk County Attorney’s Office
Chief Jody Matherly
Iowa City Police Department
U.S. Marshal Ken Runde
U.S. Marshals Service
Northern District of Iowa
Ames Police Department
Analytical/Intelligence Research Services
The Ames Police Department contacted MOCIC for assistance in a homicide investigation. The victim had died from a single gunshot wound to his face. The suspect claimed that the victim accidentally shot himself while handling a loaded weapon. Authorities originally ruled the death an accident but subsequently charged the suspect with first-degree murder. The MOCIC intelligence research staff obtained telephone number information, and the MOCIC analytical staff prepared charts related to phone calls made by the suspect, including a timeline that was admitted into evidence at the trial. The MOCIC staff also prepared a floor plan of the crime scene, with integrated photos for trial. The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder.
Boone County Sheriff’s Office
The Boone County Sheriff’s Office borrowed MOCIC specialized investigative equipment for use in a burglary investigation. Authorities believed that two suspects were involved in a number of home burglaries and smash-and-grab burglaries in residential care facilities throughout Iowa. In nearly all of the incidents, a vehicle owned by one of the suspects was used. The MOCIC equipment assisted authorities in tracking the suspect’s vehicle and obtaining evidence of criminal activity. As a result of the investigation, three individuals were arrested and authorities seized equipment, tools, and name-brand purses valued at nearly $9,000.
257 Member Agencies
372 Requests for Criminal Investigative Research
Assistance Involving 631 Inquiries
14,481 Intelligence Database Inquiries and
1,512 Intelligence Database Submissions
678 RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System
(RISSafe) Submissions With
61 RISSafe Conflicts Resolved
166 Analytical Products Produced
1,643 Service Contacts With Field Staff
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.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a narcotics investigation. Authorities were looking for contact information for the suspect. The MOCIC staff obtained information that identified the suspect and indicated that he was homeless and living in abandoned locations throughout the country. The MOCIC staff also obtained officer safety-related information that suggested the suspect had weapons and ammunition.
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Intelligence Research Services
The Iowa Department of Public Safety contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a child sex crimes case. Authorities were investigating an individual from a West Coast state, possibly a juvenile, who was exchanging sexually explicit text messages and nude photos with an Iowa juvenile female. The MOCIC staff obtained information, including a photo from the Western States Information Network (WSIN), that assisted authorities in positively identifying the suspect and determining that the suspect was a juvenile.
Homeland Security Investigations
Intelligence Research/Event Deconfliction Services
Homeland Security Investigations contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a fraud investigation. The suspects contacted elderly individuals, told them that their loved ones were incarcerated, and proceeded with conning them into wiring money for their loved ones’ release. The suspects in a local fraud cell collected cash as runners who picked up the wire transfers or as drivers who transported the money, which was eventually sent overseas. Eighteen suspects were arrested in a single day on an array of charges, and authorities believe the total loss exceeds $1,000,000. The MOCIC staff assisted authorities with event deconfliction related to the suspects’ arrests and obtained information that helped authorities make a positive identification of at least one suspect. The supervising agent stated that MOCIC had been a great resource in this operation.
News and Testimonials
The Iowa Department of Public Safety serves as the RISSafe Watch Center for the state of Iowa. RISSafe stores and maintains data on planned law enforcement events, such as raids, controlled buys, and surveillances, with the goal of identifying and alerting affected agencies and officers of potential conflicts. The Iowa Department of Public Safety is connected to the RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel), expanding the scope and interoperability of the nationwide RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET).
“MOCIC’s information sharing resources are very important, especially when it comes to matters of officer safety and situations involving the potential for violence. I know I can send information to MOCIC and they can get it to law enforcement in every state in the region. This is especially important for our agency because we are located in close proximity to four states. This information sharing capability gives me confidence that law enforcement is aware of important information that can help protect officers.”
—Dubuque Police Department
“MOCIC has been a great resource for clearing my identity theft cases. Victims in other states contact the DOT asking for assistance when clearing their names to allow them to get a driver’s license in their home state. The MOCIC staff provides information that allows me to finish investigations with precision.”
——Iowa Department of Transportation, Law Enforcement
“I was impressed with the amount of information the MOCIC staff found and how quickly they sent it to me. It was phenomenal!”
—Harlan Police Department