Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts, these leadership positions are held by the following NESPIN members:
Colonel Kerry Gilpin
Massachusetts State Police
470 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Chief James Hurley
Leicester Police Department
90 South Main Street
Leicester, MA 01524
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.
Stoughton Police Department
The Stoughton Police Department investigated a robbery and the discharge of a firearm at a gas station. Cell phone records were obtained for the suspect, and an analysis of the records and geolocation activity was requested from the NESPIN analytical staff. The work of the NESPIN staff was vital in placing the suspect at the time and location of the robbery scene, disproving the suspect’s story. An indictment was obtained in Norfolk Superior Court, and the suspect subsequently pled guilty and was sentenced to four to five years in state prison.
Grafton Police Department
Digital Forensics Services
The Grafton Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to analyze cell phones, memory cards, and compact discs (CDs). The suspect had been operating a scheme of renting construction equipment and then selling it on a website for a profit. Several Massachusetts police departments, including Uxbridge, Medway, Mendon, Norfolk, Wrentham, Foxboro, and New Bedford, were investigating the suspect, who was believed to be responsible for the theft of more than $100,000 in construction equipment across the state. The four-month, multijurisdictional investigation concluded with the suspect’s arrest in New Bedford. The NESPIN staff received five cell phones, seven memory cards, and five CDs to analyze. The NESPIN staff provided the detective with eight digital video discs with possible evidentiary significance regarding the crime of larceny. The suspect was held without bail for 29 other charges from 19 warrants across the state.
412 Member Agencies 20,744 Sworn Personnel Served
3,869 Officers from 737 Agencies Attended Trainings for a Total of 22,067 Hours
16,341,336 RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) Total Records and
591,450 RISSProp Inquiries
38 Analytical Requests Totaling 244 Products Delivered
68 Digital Forensic Cases Completed
49 Equipment Loans
1,267 Total Requests for Research/Assistance and 5,009 Investigative Database Searches
Ludlow Police Department
The Ludlow Police Department initiated a narcotics investigation, centered on a certain subject, using a NESPIN pole camera. As a result of the evidence gained through this investigation, a search warrant was granted for the suspect’s home. The search resulted in the seizure of 200 grams of cocaine, valued at $5,000. In addition, the suspect was found in possession of several other classes of illegal substances. The suspect was charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of Class B, C, and E drugs. A further warrant was granted for the suspect’s cell phone, which resulted in charges of possession of child pornography, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and child in nude, lascivious pose/exhibit. Subsequently, the subject was indicted on all charges by a grand jury. The NESPIN pole camera was instrumental in gaining the probable cause required for both search warrants in this investigation.
Worcester Police Department
The Worcester Police Department (WPD) responded to a local address for a reported past breaking and entering. The victim reported that her platinum diamond engagement ring, appraised at $25,000, was one of the items stolen. A WPD detective, who was assigned to the investigation, utilized RISSProp to develop a suspect based on a suspicious transaction. Upon interviewing the suspect, the detective secured an admission of guilt and located incriminating text messages on the cell phone from another suspect, who had sold the ring. During an interview, the suspect said that the victim’s adult son had approached him with the ring and told him, “The cops track pawnshops and will search for my name.” The son offered to split the proceeds with the suspect if the suspect sold his mother’s ring for him. The detective recovered the ring from a shop and remarked how happy the victim was that he was able to bring her ring back to her. Both subjects, who are drug dependent, were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. The WPD was the first member agency that partnered with NESPIN to create the first iteration of the RISSProp database. Thirteen years later, the department is still utilizing it to solve crimes.
“The victim immediately identified the jewelry items as hers and pointed out a necklace that her husband had given her on their wedding day. She began to cry as she realized that her deceased parents’ wedding rings had been found, since they were irreplaceable and were of great sentimental value to her. This would not have happened without the use of RISSProp.”
—Detective Evan Genkos Southbridge Police Department
“Without NESPIN, I would have been chasing down a bogus suspect for days. Thank you for helping to quickly solve the case.”
—Detective Jeremy Fontes Acushnet Police Department
“The search by the NESPIN intelligence research staff was much more complete and detailed than what could have been produced at our agency.”
—Lieutenant Anderson Chatham Police Department
“The RISSProp database is a phenomenal tool for investigators. Without access to it, I would not have been able to solve the case as quickly as I did.”
—Detective J. T. Hoar Fall River Police Department