Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma, these leadership positions are held by:
Assistant Director Bob Harshaw
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
Chief Brian Edwards
Grand River Dam Authority
Lawton Police Department and Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General
Prison Contraband: The Lawton Police Department Special Operations Section and the Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General conducted a joint investigation into the Lawton Correctional Facility for the distribution of contraband. Upon request, the ROCIC intelligence research staff produced background information on the two main suspects. The ROCIC equipment staff loaned investigators a custom -made covert audio recording device that was capable of recording for an extended period of time. Detectives obtained warrants for a search and for the placement of the recording device in the correctional facility. After surveillance was conducted, investigators chose several recordings containing information pertinent to the case and forwarded them to ROCIC to enhance the quality of the audio/video recordings. At the conclusion of the investigation, detectives obtained warrants and arrested the two main suspects—one on charges of conspiracy to distribute prison contraband, possession of marijuana, possession of a cell phone in a penal institution, and embezzlement of state property, and the other suspect for conspiracy to distribute prison contraband and accessory to embezzlement of state property.
125 Member Agencies
7,191 Sworn Personnel Served
309 Officers and Personnel Trained
7,395 Intelligence Database Inquiries
74 Intelligence Database Hits
256 Requests for Information on 363 Targets
169 Analytical and 14 Forensic Products Delivered
34,892 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated
70 Pieces of Investigative Equipment Loaned
Yukon Police Department
Narcotics Trafficking: A unique covert surveillance device created and loaned by the ROCIC equipment staff enabled the Yukon Police Department to investigate a drug trafficking organization operating from Oklahoma City, which led to the arrests of two major drug dealers and the identifications of many other suspects. Authorities also seized $25,000 in cash and a vehicle. The surveillance device enabled officers to gain pertinent intelligence that led them to both identify and secure probable cause for arrests and obtain warrants for various other aspects of the operation, in addition to greatly enhancing the safety of undercover officers. The availability of the device, along with other surveillance tools offered by ROCIC—which are beyond the budgets of small agencies—has proven priceless, according to officers and technicians. ROCIC equipment has also proven valuable in property crime investigations, especially vehicle burglaries. Gaining the ability to create their own vantage point and secure their own video surveillance of certain high- crime areas makes it a much simpler job for detectives to connect and solve these crimes as they arise.
“The information that ROCIC provided was very helpful to this investigation, but perhaps more impressive was the speed with which they got it back to me. ROCIC did a great job for us.”
—Union City 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 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.
23rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office and Shawnee Police Department
Homicide: The District Attorney’s Office Drug and Violent Crime Task Force assisted the Shawnee Police Department with a homicide investigation of a young man. At the request of the task force, the ROCIC analytical staff mapped the cell phone records gathered on the suspect, revealing the route taken by the suspect, which confirmed the story of several witnesses. The map showed the suspect in the vicinity of the victim’s house at the time of the murder. With the help of ROCIC’s analysis, the suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
Homicide: Upon the request of the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Newkirk, the ROCIC intelligence research staff was able to quickly find the correct and current address of a witness whose testimony was critical in the upcoming murder trial of two defendants. Investigators were able to locate the witness and schedule testimony for the trial.
Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services
Embezzlement: The Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) was investigating a case in which a suspect stole approximately $1 million from her employer. The KCSO contacted ROCIC to assist in locating her. The ROCIC intelligence research staff, having vast experience in locating suspects, victims, and witnesses, returned information that led the KCSO to finding and arresting the suspect, who now awaits trial.
Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office
Human Trafficking: The Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office borrowed ROCIC equipment that allowed the recording and documentation of conversations at a local motel between the target of a human trafficking investigation and an undercover officer. The safety of the undercover officer was of paramount importance, so officials were hesitant to use conventional devices. After consultation, ROCIC custom-made a disguised recording and transmitting device that ensured the safety of the officer and assisted the investigation. The conversations recorded using the device will be crucial once indictments are obtained.
Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office
Homicide: While investigating a homicide at a local lake, the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) conducted numerous interviews, which led to the development of two persons of interest (POI). The results of the interviews of each POI were inconsistent, and the officers strongly suspected that one or both of the suspects were attempting to deceive them. The officers obtained search warrants requesting data dumps for the cell phones used by each suspect. Investigators contacted ROCIC for assistance with plotting the Global Positioning System (GPS) data on a map to prove precisely where the phones were located at any given point in time. The maps produced by the ROCIC staff verified portions of the statements and disproved others. The two suspects were ultimately arrested, and later, two more suspects were arrested in connection with the murder. At this time, all four suspects are awaiting trial on the charge of murder. The SCSO investigator is confident that the maps produced by ROCIC will be important evidence to present to the jury.
Seminole Police Department
Homicide: The Seminole Police Department investigated a fatal car collision in which one of the vehicles left the scene of the accident. The deceased driver had been in her vehicle in a ditch for several hours. There was no evidence, except for broken glass; however, police officers were able to develop a suspect, recover the suspect’s vehicle, and retrieve the suspect’s cell phone. The suspect would not speak to the officers, so court orders were issued to obtain the phone records of the suspect in which the data indicated the cell towers accessed by the suspect’s phone. The records were sent to the ROCIC intelligence research staff to assist in developing an interactive map that showed the suspect’s locations during the probable time frame of the car wreck. The map showed that the suspect was at the location of the wreck at the time the victim died. This evidence will prove to be invaluable to the prosecutor when the case is brought to trial.
Coweta Police Department
Information Sharing Services
Law Enforcement Resources: Through the use of its extensive information-sharing network, ROCIC assisted a member agency in dire need of law enforcement assets but lacking in finances. The chief of the Coweta Police Department (CPD) notified ROCIC that it wished to sell two of its used patrol vehicles— complete with lights, sirens, and cages—at a very affordable price, to a department in need. After ROCIC disseminated this offer to its member agencies, officers with the Mountainburg, Arkansas, Police Department (MPD) took possession of the units and made them road-ready. The patrol units will greatly increase the MPD’s ability to serve and protect the citizens of Mountainburg, thanks to ROCIC and the generosity of the CPD.