SOUTH CAROLINA

RISS Center- ROCIC

South Carolina 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 South Carolina, these leadership positions are held by:

Board Member:
Deputy Chief Scott Deckard
North Charleston Police Department
(843) 740-2850

Board Proxy:
Major Tony Phinney
Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office
(843) 832-0318

Georgetown Police Department
Analytical Services

Homicide: The Georgetown Police Department used the cell tower mapping services offered by ROCIC to discredit the alibis offered by family members in the case of a missing person whose body was later found floating in a local river. After family members gave conflicting statements, the ROCIC analytical staff was contacted to assist with enhancing the audio quality of recovered voice mails and to map the locations of cell phones used by several family members. The cell phone maps led investigators to a store where surveillance video also discredited the suspects’ alibis. Investigators charged the victim’s wife, the father-in-law, and the brother-in-law with his murder. They are incarcerated and awaiting court action. An investigating officer said that the information provided by ROCIC was crucial in the success of the investigation and for the prosecution.

In FY2017—

116 Member Agencies
13,719 Sworn Personnel Served
27,338 Intelligence Database Inquiries
199 Intelligence Database Hits
1,173 Requests for Information on 1,620 Targets
249 Analytical and 8 Forensic Products Delivered
52,536 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated
43 Pieces of Investigative Equipment Loaned

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:
• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Florida
• Georgia
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Mississippi
• North Carolina
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Texas
• U.S. Virgin Islands
• Virginia
• West Virginia

Since 1973, the number of criminal justice agencies benefiting from ROCIC services has grown to more than 2,100 agencies.

www.riss.net/Impact

11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Domestic Violence: The 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office was preparing a violent domestic assault case for court and could not locate the victim. The Solicitor’s Office received information that shortly after the assault, the victim had left South Carolina in fear of her safety. In order to move forward with the case, the victim had to be located. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted to locate the victim. The information provided by ROCIC enabled the investigator to locate a relative, who delivered a message to the victim via social media. The victim then contacted the Solicitor’s Office and advised that she was living in New Orleans, Louisiana, and would be available for the trial.

Abbeville County Sheriff’s Department
Analytical Services

Homicide: The Abbeville County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call that a man had returned home and found his girlfriend dead from a gunshot wound. The caller related that the shooting appeared to be a suicide. A weapon was not found inside the house, but one was found on the property, next to a vehicle. Because of his conflicting statements, investigators obtained the cell phone records of the boyfriend. The ROCIC analytical staff was asked to prepare cell phone mapping charts that showed where the boyfriend was at the time that several calls were made. The charts contradicted the boyfriend’s statements, and he later admitted to killing his girlfriend. He is incarcerated, awaiting court action.

Florence Police Department
Information Sharing Services

Interstate Burglary and Theft: Following the burglary of a local dealership in which two all-terrain vehicles were stolen, the Florence Police Department (FPD) contacted ROCIC to disseminate the case method of operation and suspect and vehicle descriptors to agencies in the ROCIC region. Investigators immediately began receiving information from other agencies about similar dealership burglaries and were able to link the suspects to a burglary in North Carolina, which led to three suspects being arrested and charged with crimes in North and South Carolina. The FPD lieutenant in charge noted that the burglaries would not have been linked without the information-sharing resources of ROCIC.

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit received numerous complaints from residents of a particular neighborhood regarding illegal drugs being sold from vehicles. The area was not suitable for surveillance cameras. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted and provided two types of disguised surveillance cameras. While using this equipment, numerous drug deals were recorded without being detected. The equipment also enhanced officer safety. Upon completion of the operation, nine suspects were arrested and a quantity of narcotics, including methamphetamine and illicit pills; a firearm; and more than $1,000 in cash were confiscated. The information gathered from the arrests led to search warrants being obtained, additional arrests, and narcotics confiscation. The suspects are awaiting court action.

11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Homicide Trial: In preparation for a murder trial, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Lexington listed a total of 86 potential witnesses, 13 of whom could not be located. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted to provide information that helped locate all 13 witnesses. The murder trial lasted seven days and resulted in a hung jury. The case will be placed back on the trial docket. The investigator said that his office would not have been able to present the case at all had it not been for the assistance provided by ROCIC.

Union County Sheriff’s Department
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: The Union County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit needed surveillance equipment to assist in gaining intelligence on a known drug house. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted for the necessary equipment. Using this equipment, officers with the Narcotics Unit were able to make traffic stops after viewing the drug transactions, which led to eight suspects being charged with narcotics violations and $850 worth of crack cocaine being seized. Information was also gained to obtain search warrants for the residences. During the execution of a search warrant at one residence, ammunition was discovered that matched a weapon that had been involved in a local homicide.

Sumter County Sheriff’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Business Fraud: A local business owner paid for advertisements of her business, and when she discovered that the suspect had not provided the advertising, she contacted the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO). The victim was able to provide a name and phone number for the suspect. The investigator was unable to identify the suspect, so he contacted ROCIC. The ROCIC intelligence research staff provided a wealth of information on the suspect, including a photograph. The photograph was matched to a bank surveillance video of the subject cashing the victim’s check. Further investigation determined that the suspect had created a bogus company to take money, with no means or intention of providing any advertising. The photograph and information provided by ROCIC allowed the investigator to obtain a warrant on this individual. The SCSO is searching for other victims of this scam.

Winnsboro Department of Public Safety
Equipment Services

Narcotics Trafficking: The Winnsboro Department of Public Safety received numerous complaints from citizens about an apartment complex being a nuisance area for drug dealing and violence. The ROCIC equipment staff was contacted to provide a covert camera system for surveillance of the area. During surveillance, intelligence was gained on narcotics transactions and the persons involved. Using this information, three suspects were arrested for narcotics violations. After search warrants were obtained and served, marijuana and cocaine were seized. Also during the surveillance period, two stolen vehicles were recovered from a neighboring county. The suspects, who were arrested on the narcotics violations, are awaiting court action.

Central Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Credit Card Fraud: The Central Police Department received a report of a stolen credit card being used at several local businesses. During the subsequent investigation, numerous avenues of information gathering were used in an attempt to identify the male and female suspects and their vehicle, with no results. The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted for assistance. Using the phone number and the vehicle information provided by ROCIC, the investigator identified an address that led to the female suspect. The vehicle information and additional cell phone information led to the male suspect. Both suspects were arrested and are awaiting court action.

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
Intelligence Research Services

Homicide: The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department investigated a murder involving a man who was shot and killed while attempting to mediate a dispute. The suspect fired ten shots into a crowded parking lot, striking the victim in the torso and killing him. Following the shooting, the suspect attempted to conceal facts and cover up his involvement in the crime by altering his appearance, changing his phone number, convincing his girlfriend to lie about his location at the time of the crime, and fleeing to New Jersey. The suspect was arrested in New Jersey and extradited to South Carolina. During the investigation and while preparing the case for trial, the 11th Circuit Solicitor’s Office contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff numerous times for assistance. The ROCIC staff provided information on 37 direct inquiries involving witnesses and associates of the suspect and information on 60 phone numbers. A trial was conducted and the suspect was found guilty of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. The judge sentenced the defendant to 35 years in prison.

Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office
Information Sharing Services

Theft: The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) investigated the theft of cash at a local chain discount store in which one suspect distracted the employees while the other suspect popped the cash drawer and took the cash. It was discovered that the suspects were hitting similar stores throughout upstate South Carolina with this method of operation (MO). The SCSO used ROCIC resources to disseminate a bulletin with MO details and surveillance photos. After receiving the bulletin, the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) identified the subjects in the surveillance photos as the same individuals who had hit a local store. When investigators contacted the SCSO and learned that the two suspects had been arrested, they obtained warrants for the suspects’ arrests. The two suspects are awaiting trial in both jurisdictions. An investigator with the OCSD stated that they would not have identified the suspects and cleared their case without availing themselves of ROCIC information-sharing services.