Missouri 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 Missouri, these leadership positions are held by:
Executive Committee Member:
Les Kerr, Chief
Law Enforcement Relations Unit
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Missouri
Executive Committee Alternate:
Sheriff Larry Fish
Clinton County Sheriff’s Office
State Review Committee Members:
Detective Sergeant Orville Choate
Stone County Sheriff’s Office
Assistant Director Connie Farrow
Missouri Information Analysis
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Detective Mark Edwards
Jefferson City Police Department
Detective Jason Klaus
Perry County Sheriff’s Office
Investigator Michael Lawzano III
Missouri Department of Corrections
Detective Frank Till
St. Joseph Police Department
Stoddard County Prosecutors Task Force
The Stoddard County Prosecutors Task Force contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in an investigation involving attempted murder and arson. The suspect was accused of plotting to kill his wife by burning down their home. She was awakened by the fire and escaped. The MOCIC staff prepared analytical reports and products that showed both telephone and text communications between the suspect and an accomplice on the night of the fire. The suspect was found guilty of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree arson, and armed criminal action. He was also found guilty of financial exploitation of the elderly for taking more than $85,000 from his mother to pay personal bills.
328 Member Agencies
875 Requests for Criminal Investigative Research
Assistance Involving 1,877 Inquiries
24,575 Intelligence Database Inquiries and
9,060 Intelligence Database Submissions
35 Equipment Requests Involving the Loan of
81 Items of Investigative Equipment
918 Analytical Products Produced
1,029 Service Contacts with Field Staff
Missouri Attorney General’s Office
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in a homicide prosecution. Authorities believed that the suspect had met the 15-year-old victim, transported her to a house and, after using methamphetamine (meth), choked her during a sexual encounter. The suspect then had wrapped the victim’s body and dumped it in a lake. The MOCIC staff prepared charts, maps, and other courtroom exhibits related to the suspect’s cell phone use and testified in court relative to those exhibits. The prosecutor praised the work of the MOCIC staff and said that the testimony was an essential part of the case. The jury deliberated only two hours before finding the suspect guilty of second-degree murder, statutory rape, tampering with evidence, and abandonment of a corpse. Prior to trial, two other suspects pled guilty to related charges, including endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to commit statutory sodomy.
Creve Coeur Police Department
Analytical/Equipment/Intelligence Research Services
The Creve Coeur Police Department contacted MOCIC for assistance in a bank robbery investigation. Authorities were investigating two suspects believed to have been involved in recent bank robberies. The MOCIC intelligence research staff provided information that assisted authorities in determining the ownership of a vehicle believed to have been used in the robberies, linking the suspects to the vehicle. The MOCIC staff also provided valuable contacts for other pertinent information. The MOCIC analytical staff prepared maps of the robbery locations and other analytical products related to the investigation. Authorities borrowed MOCIC specialized investigative equipment that assisted them in capturing evidence of criminal activity and in the ultimate arrests of both suspects.
“We bring raw, unorganized data to MOCIC and its analysts are able to do amazing things with it. If you need a flowchart or any analytical product, there are none better than what MOCIC produces.”
—Missouri Department of Revenue
“Smaller agencies like ours can’t always afford to invest in some of the tools we need only occasionally, like analytical software or equipment. When we need these tools, they are invaluable to us, but we cannot justify buying them when they might sit on the shelf for much of the year. MOCIC makes it possible for us to have these tools when we need them, even with limited budgets.”
——Stone County Sheriff’s Office
“Without the work of MOCIC, who knows if I would have identified this out-of-state sex offender.”
—Richmond Police Department
“Both pieces of equipment were vital to our investigation. We couldn’t have made the case without them.”
—Ozark 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:
• 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.
Barry County Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
The Barry County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in two separate sexual exploitation cases involving children. In the first case, the adult male suspect was communicating with a 15-year-old male victim online. Authorities obtained an Internet Protocol (IP) address for a female connected to the suspect. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in the identification, location, and indictment of the suspect. In a second investigation, authorities were investigating a case in which a young girl had been exchanging explicit pictures with an adult male in a nearby state. Authorities had only a name and a social media account. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in positively identifying the suspect, who was indicted for distributing and receiving child pornography.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, Investigative Division
Intelligence Research Services
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, Investigative Division contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a fraud investigation. Authorities believed that the suspect was involved in a conspiracy to exchange food stamps for cash and/or meth. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in identifying and locating witnesses who were involved in the conspiracy. The suspect pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a fugitive sex offender investigation. The MOCIC staff obtained information that assisted authorities in locating a suspect who had failed to register.