New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire, these leadership positions are held by the following NESPIN members:
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.
193 Member Agencies 3,315 Sworn Personnel Served
752 Officers from 212 Agencies Attended Trainings for a Total of 4,860 Hours
16,341,336 RISS Property and Recovery Tracking System (RISSProp) Total Records and
591,450 RISSProp Inquiries
10 Analytical Requests Totaling 32 Products Delivered
2 Digital Forensic Cases Completed
11 Equipment Loans
622 Total Requests for Research/Assistance and 2,512 Investigative Database Searches
Enfield Police Department
The Enfield Police Department (EPD) was investigating a suspected drug dealer in its area. NESPIN was contacted to assist with analyzing call detail records and numerous text messages. The initial analysis by the NESPIN analytical staff revealed a significant amount of probable drug activity by the suspect. The staff also searched public databases and social media tools to identify numerous individuals to whom the suspected drug dealer was likely selling. Once the EPD processed the report provided by the NESPIN staff, it asked for assistance during an active ping of the suspect’s phone. Using NESPIN mapping tools and analytical expertise, the NESPIN staff followed the suspect phone’s movement to and from the suspected supplier’s location, leading to the suspected drug dealer’s arrest upon his return to Enfield. The Enfield Chief of Police personally thanked NESPIN, stating, “The [NESPIN analyst] went above and beyond his duties in assisting our department in a recent drug investigation. He provided minute-by-minute updates to my detectives that resulted in the apprehension of two drug dealers. Without his help, this case would not have materialized and these men would not be behind bars at this time.”
Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
An investigator with the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office contacted the NESPIN intelligence research staff to request a location on an attorney, who had been disbarred and accused of stealing from the trust fund of a disabled client. The information that NESPIN provided from a public database search on the attorney’s name and identifiers assisted the investigator in locating the defendant out of state.
“I am quite certain that a big part of these convictions was your analysis of the electronics and all of the information that you were able to locate, as well as the testimony you so ably provided.”
—Terri K. Harrington, Assistant Rockingham County Attorney
“The [NESPIN analyst] went above and beyond his duties in assisting our department in a recent drug investigation. He provided minuteby minute updates to my detectives that resulted in the apprehension of two drug dealers. Without his help, this case would not have materialized and these men would not be behind bars at this time.”
—Chief Richard Crate, Jr. Enfield Police Department
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.
Raymond Police Department
Digital Forensics Services
The Raymond Police Department contacted the NESPIN digital forensics staff to request analysis on cell phones, a laptop, a computer tablet, and a thumb drive. A suspect had set fires in three towns and sent threatening messages to multiple people using an anonymous site to disguise the origin of the texts. Three dogs were killed at one of the homes that had been set on fire. Forensic analysis uncovered data of an evidentiary value in support of the allegations. Several chat dialogues from the time frame of the reported incidents were found on the personal computer belonging to the suspect. Two NESPIN staff testified at a trial that lasted more than three weeks. The suspect received guilty verdicts in 13 felonies and 15 misdemeanors and was convicted of all arson-related offenses. The Assistant Rockingham County Attorney stated in a letter to NESPIN staff, “I am quite certain that a big part of these convictions was your analysis of the electronics and all of the information that you were able to locate, as well as the testimony you so ably provided.” A sentencing date was set.
Amherst Police Department
The Amherst Police Department received a report of a burglary at a local music studio. Items stolen from the studio were an electric guitar and three electric amps, valued at $3,000. At the time that the crime was reported, the officers had no leads. A subsequent query of RISSProp revealed that items matching the description of those stolen had been pawned at a local shop in the nearby city of Nashua. The property was later identified by the victim and ultimately recovered. The victim did not know the individuals who had sold the property. As the investigation progressed, two adults and one juvenile were identified as suspects. The adults, who were neighbors to the victim, ultimately confessed to the crime. They were later arrested for the offense of theft by unauthorized taking and processed through the court system. The Nashua Police Department assisted with the investigation.