Oregon Leadership for WSIN
In addition to federal monitoring, WSIN is governed by a Board of Directors composed of state and local representatives from each participating state. In Oregon, these leadership positions are held by the following WSIN Board members:
Superintendent Travis Hampton
Oregon State Police
255 Capitol Street, NE, Fourth Floor
Salem, OR 97310
Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum
Oregon Department of Justice
100 Justice Building
Salem, OR 97310
WSIN and RISS a Key to Combating Human Trafficking
As part of the nationwide RISS network, WSIN delivers valuable products and services to assist law enforcement personnel in investigating and prosecuting major crimes, including those involving human trafficking organizations, at no cost.
RISS Criminal Intelligence Database (RISSIntel)—RISSIntel is a trusted database that connects law enforcement agencies regionally and throughout the nation that are investigating the same subjects involved in major crimes, including human trafficking. A key feature of RISSIntel is that it is not simply a “human trafficking database.” RISSIntel is a database that contains subjects for which there is criminal predicate relating to a multitude of crimes, thereby allowing law enforcement officers to “connect the dots” between the gang members and/or drug traffickers, who are also engaging in human and/or sex trafficking.
RISSafe Watch Center—RISSafe provides human trafficking task forces with a means to avoid blue-on-blue conflicts when they conduct surveillance, serve a search/arrest warrant, or perform other operations. RISSafe events are monitored on a 24/7/365 basis by personnel in a watch center. This ensures that law enforcement officers are continuously supported with immediate access to the RISSIntel database and RISSafe deconfliction and receive immediate notification of conflicts.
Specialized Equipment Program—WSIN loans a variety of specialized and custombuilt covert equipment to assist law enforcement officers in pursuing human trafficking and other criminal organizations.
Analytical Support—WSIN’s analytical assistance enhances investigations by organizing the information developed and presenting a variety of visual products that demonstrate the breadth of the human trafficking enterprise: the key players, including pimps, johns, recruiters, and victims; the geographical scope of the criminal organization; communication between key subjects; and chronological incidents.
213 Member Agencies
2,598 Access Officers
30,283 Intelligence Database Inquiries
7,738 Intelligence Database Hits
2,274 RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System
(RISSafe) Events Submitted
168,104 Bulletins Disseminated
45,215,465 Law Enforcement Database Records Available Nationwide
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
An investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) searched a suspect’s name in RISSIntel. A hit was identified with the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement (MADGE) Team, which had entered a submission on an address associated with a suspect. ATF had identified one suspect in its investigation but a second suspect had yet to be identified. ATF contacted MADGE and collaborated on the case. It was determined that the suspect and address that MADGE had submitted into RISSIntel was the second previously unknown suspect in the ATF case. This case is still an active federal investigation.
Portland Police Bureau
The Seattle Division of the ATF investigated a subject for multiple robberies, one involving a shooting in the Seattle metropolitan area at a recording studio. Seattle ATF was investigating the suspect based on his social media moniker and entered the information into RISSIntel.
The Portland Police Bureau (PPB), Drugs and Vice Division investigated several armed robberies that included four robberies of pharmacies and residential burglary that turned into a home invasion robbery. PPB arrested a person and searched his name in RISSIntel and received a match with the robbery suspect previously entered by Seattle ATF.
RISS connected the ATF and the PPB investigators, who shared information and strategized how to best prosecute the arrested suspect. After determining that the suspect had a greater sentence exposure in the state court system (20- plus years), ATF provided its assistance to support the successful prosecution of the suspect in state court. By working together, the investigation was enhanced and a longer and more appropriate prison sentence was obtained.
Also, as result of the collaboration, Seattle ATF shared valuable intelligence with the PPB about a growing criminal organization in the Pacific Northwest spreading into the Portland metropolitan area. A true information sharing success!
“This is a great example of the effectiveness of the RISSIntel database and a reminder of the importance of entering information into the system, since one simply never knows when a single entry can assist with an unrelated investigation. As most of the law enforcement agencies are faced with limited staffing and resources to carry out daily duties, this is a free and effective tool, so we should use it daily.”
—Portland Police Bureau
“I am working on a multistate human trafficking case. I ran the subject’s name through RISSIntel and got a hit with a DEA case. All of this with a simple search!”
—Portland Police Bureau
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 Western States Information Network (WSIN), one of the six RISS Centers, began providing service to its regional participating agencies in 1981. WSIN’s region consists of:
- Parts of Canada, Guam, and New Zealand
Since 1981, the number of law enforcement and criminal justice agencies benefiting from WSIN services has grown to include 1,552 agencies.