MINNESOTA

RISS Center- MOCIC

Minnesota 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 Minnesota, these leadership positions are held by:

Executive Committee Member:
Detective Sergeant Timothy Tomasek
Marshall Police Department
(507) 537-7000

Executive Committee Alternate:
Captain Pat Thompson
Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office
(651) 267-2624

State Review Committee Members:

Captain Scott Behrns
Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office
(507) 328-6752

Captain Kevin Flynn
Worthington Police Department
(507) 295-5354

Lieutenant Stephen Landsem
Clay County Sheriff’s Office
(218) 299-7326

Special Agent Dan Louwagie
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal
Apprehension
(507) 537-7389

Investigator Nick Toewe
St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office
(218) 262-0132

Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office
Analytical Services

The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in an assault investigation. The MOCIC staff created analytical products, including floor plan diagrams and timelines prepared from reports provided by the officer. The suspect ultimately pled guilty, and authorities said that the MOCIC analyst’s efforts were crucial to the end result.

Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force
Equipment Services

The Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force borrowed MOCIC specialized investigative equipment for use in a narcotics investigation. The equipment was used to document criminal activity involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine. As a result of the investigation, 14 suspects were arrested and authorities seized narcotics, vehicles, and currency valued at more than $85,000.

In FY2017—

247 Member Agencies
331 Requests for Criminal Investigative Research
Assistance Involving 604 Inquiries
13,470 Intelligence Database Inquiries
5,607 RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System
(RISSafe) Submissions With
447 RISSafe Conflicts Resolved
209 Analytical Products Produced
1,064 Service Contacts with Field Staff

Southwest Metro Drug Task Force
Event Deconfliction Services

The Southwest Metro Drug Task Force in Minnesota used RISSafe in a narcotics investigation. Authorities were investigating a cocaine dealer and entered a controlled buy operation into RISSafe. No conflicts were revealed, so the operation was scheduled. While authorities were preparing their team for the operation, they were contacted by a representative of the Minnesota RISSafe Watch Center, advising them of a conflict with another agency that was planning a similar operation at the same time involving the same suspect. As part of the conflict resolution process, officers from both agencies communicated and coordinated their operations, thereby avoiding a potentially dangerous incident in the field.

Grand Rapids Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

The Grand Rapids Police Department contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a child sexual assault case. Authorities had a warrant for the suspect, who was from Minnesota. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in locating the suspect in Missouri and provided them with local law enforcement contacts. Within two hours, Missouri authorities had arrested the suspect.

Benton County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in two cases involving sex crimes against children. In the first case, an unknown suspect was sending lewd photos to a child. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted the authorities in identifying the suspect and locating him in an East Coast state. In the second case, an unknown suspect was using social media to exploit a young girl. The MOCIC staff found information that assisted authorities in identifying the suspect and locating him in a West Coast state. Both suspects were charged on numerous felony counts.

News and Testimonials

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) serves as the RISSafe Watch Center for the state of Minnesota. 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.

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“The map prepared by the MOCIC analyst will be a great asset at trial. He was incredibly professional and helpful throughout the entire process. I have requested assistance from MOCIC on a number of occasions and have not been disappointed.”

—Alexandria Police Department

“MOCIC is a resource that every law enforcement agency should use. This organization has been instrumental in helping me close out my cases or lead them to prosecution.”

—Detroit Lakes Police Department

“Both suspects were from other states and, without MOCIC, we would have had greater difficulty in identifying them. I was really impressed with the quick response and thorough work by the MOCIC staff. Thank you for the services provided by MOCIC. They are a tremendous resource for smaller departments like mine.”

——Todd County Sheriff’s Office

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:

• Illinois
• Iowa
• Kansas
• Minnesota
• Missouri
• Nebraska
• North Dakota
• South Dakota
• Wisconsin
• Canadian province of Manitoba

Since 1980, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from MOCIC services has grown to more than 1,785 agencies.

www.riss.net/Impact

Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in an identity theft case. The MOCIC staff obtained photos that assisted investigators in positively identifying the suspect and confirming that the suspect was using another person’s identity.

Wright County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a credit card fraud investigation. Authorities were investigating a female who had made multiple purchases on a stolen credit card and identified a license plate that was connected to the case. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in positively identifying the suspect.