Kentucky Leadership for ROCIC
In addition to federal monitoring, ROCIC is governed by a board of directors composed of an elected member and a proxy from each of the 14 states in the ROCIC region. In Kentucky, these leadership positions are held by:
Director Tommy Loving
Bowling Green–Warren County
Drug Task Force
Commonwealth Attorney Lynn Pryor
Commonwealth Attorney’s Office–3rd Circuit
Maysville Police Department
Kidnapping: The Maysville Police Department investigated a kidnapping in which a man abducted his ex-girlfriend at knifepoint after waiting in her car at her place of employment. When she got off work, he forced her to drive to an adjacent county, where he physically assaulted her. He then took her back to his apartment in Maysville, where she eventually managed to escape. The ROCIC analytical staff was contacted to use cell tower records to map all of the places where they had driven. The evidence provided by ROCIC allowed the Maysville authorities to successfully prosecute the case against the defendant.
117 Member Agencies
6,918 Sworn Personnel Served
1,062 Officers and Personnel Trained
20,830 Intelligence Database Inquiries
223 Intelligence Database Hits
320 Requests for Information on 479 Targets
1,865 Analytical and 31 Forensic Products Delivered
24,244 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:
• North Carolina
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• West Virginia
Since 1973, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from ROCIC services has grown to more than 2,100 agencies.
Taylor County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
Bank Robbery: The ROCIC audio/video staff processed nine video surveillance tapes for use by the Taylor County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in the successful prosecution of an accused bank robber and his accomplice. Police officers provided the ROCIC staff with surveillance tapes that had been collected from various local businesses. The tapes were condensed for viewing by a trial jury and showed the movements of the defendants. ROCIC also produced overview maps and a video flyover for the jury to review. Subsequently, the jury found the defendant guilty and sentenced him to ten years in prison. His accomplice pled guilty before going to trial.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
Narcotics Trafficking: Using ROCIC specialized audio/video recording equipment, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) conducted four undercover drug buys while maintaining strict officer safety standards. The CCSO executed search warrants that resulted in the seizure of two pounds of marijuana, 200 hydrocodone tablets, 200 OxyContin tablets, and a quantity of crystal methamphetamine (meth). Also seized were 12 weapons and property valued at $50,000. The primary suspect was arrested and charged with six counts of trafficking in controlled substances and one count of possession of marijuana. A total of ten suspects were identified and indicted by the grand jury during this operation. The equipment was critical in making the undercover buys, which would not have been possible without the assistance of ROCIC, since the CCSO does not have the funds to purchase such sophisticated equipment.
Bardstown Police Department
Intelligence Research Services
Fugitive Apprehension: At the beginning of an orientation for officers with the Bardstown Police Department, the ROCIC intelligence research staff requested and received the names of three fugitives who were wanted by the agency. During the orientation, attendees were notified that ROCIC had located one of the fugitives, who was incarcerated in Tennessee. He has since been returned to Nelson County to stand trial for drug trafficking. Since then, Bardstown police officers have used ROCIC resources successfully on many occasions.
Mount Vernon Police Department
Drug Trafficking: ROCIC equipment services has assisted the Mount Vernon Police Department in its war on drugs, according to the police chief. Over several months, the department borrowed a surveillance camera from ROCIC that was used to record confidential informants buying illegal drugs during narcotics investigations. The camera has assisted police in 26 controlled buys involving 23 drug trafficking suspects. The ROCIC equipment will be vital in helping to prosecute the 23 suspects after the investigation is completed.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office
Drug Trafficking: The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) contacted ROCIC to borrow surveillance equipment to assist in a narcotics investigation and to enhance officer safety. The sheriff’s office made 11 arrests and will serve 28 indictments. The agency has seized quantities of crystal meth, illicit pills, and $28,000 in cash. Without the assistance of ROCIC, the CCSO could not have conducted the longterm investigation. Authorities are continuing to use the equipment and are making more cases and arrests.
Columbia Police Department
Narcotics Trafficking: The Columbia Police Department contacted the ROCIC equipment staff and requested specialized surveillance equipment and expert advice on how to use it during an undercover narcotics investigation. As a result of the investigation, Columbia police officers served four warrants for drug trafficking, arrested four suspects, and generated eight additional suspects, with four additional arrests pending. Officers seized five grams of meth, and two ounces of marijuana, valued at $800. Also seized were four illicit pills, valued at $120.
Shively Police Department
Narcotics Trafficking: The Shively Police Department required surveillance equipment that it did not possess and could not afford to conduct an undercover narcotics investigation properly and ensure the safety of its undercover officers. Using the specialized equipment borrowed from ROCIC and with the assistance and expertise of the ROCIC equipment staff, the Shively Police Department developed and arrested two drug trafficking suspects and seized two ounces of heroin and $10,000 in cash.
Winchester Police Department
Narcotics Trafficking: Information was received from a confidential informant that a suspect was traveling from Winchester to Detroit, Michigan, to purchase oxycodone pills and then bring them back to Winchester to sell. A search warrant was obtained to place a tracking device on the suspect’s vehicle. Investigators obtained a suitable tracking device and instructions on how to use it from the ROCIC equipment staff. The tracker confirmed the informant’s information, identified residents in Detroit who were coconspirators, and provided the addresses of drug buyers in Winchester. The tracker was also used to determine the suspect’s residence in Winchester. In addition, the suspect—a convicted felon—was found in possession of a handgun and charged appropriately. A warranted search of the home resulted in the seizure of oxycodone and Alprazolam pills, valued at $66,000, and $4,775 in cash.
Lexington -Fayette Urban County Police Department
Intelligence Research Services
Criminal Investigations: Criminal investigators with the Lexington -Fayette Urban County Police Department utilize ROCIC services on a regular basis. Over the past year, investigators have contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff more than 200 times to locate suspects, fugitives, and witnesses for crimes, such as homicide, sex offenses, narcotics trafficking, theft, and robbery. In addition, ROCIC has assisted the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Police Department in locating victims and witnesses, who have moved from the Lexington area between the time of the investigation and the beginning of prosecution.