South Dakota 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 South Dakota, these leadership positions are held by:
Executive Committee Member:
Director James Legg
South Dakota Fusion Center
Executive Committee Alternate:
Special Agent Darrell Halse
South Dakota Department of Revenue
State Review Committee Members:
Sheriff Andy Howe
Clay County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Kelvin Masur
Rapid City Police Department
Captain Dave McNeil
Aberdeen Police Department
South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
RISS Secure Cloud (RISSNET)
The South Dakota DCI uses the RISSNET infrastructure to store and access all of its law enforcement records, reports, and other critical information. Existing partnerships with RISS and MOCIC’s technical assistance have also helped the South Dakota DCI provide South Dakota law enforcement with access to DCI investigative resources on its secure website. In addition, these partnerships have helped save time and money in the development of the secure connectivity critical to the Connect South Dakota project. Using RISS technology and infrastructure, the South Dakota DCI is able to authenticate system users to ensure that only authorized users have access to the confidential, law enforcement-sensitive resources that will benefit law enforcement officers throughout South Dakota.
126 Member Agencies
71 Requests for Criminal Investigative Research
Assistance Involving 115 Inquiries
1,175 Intelligence Database Inquiries and
393 Intelligence Database Submissions
392 RISS Officer Safety Event Deconfliction System
(RISSafe) Submissions With 28 RISSafe Conflicts
Turner County Sheriff’s Office
The Turner County Sheriff’s Office contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in an assault investigation. After authorities attempted to pull the defendant over for a parole violation, he led them in a three-county, high-speed car chase that ended in a standoff in which the defendant held two relatives hostage. The defendant eventually let both hostages go and was taken into custody. In a very short time period, the MOCIC staff prepared an extensive timeline and a variety of maps that prosecutors said presented a clear overview of what happened, as well as the defendant’s individual movements as they related to the charges. The prosecutor also indicated that the defense attorney complimented the analytical presentation. The defendant ultimately pled guilty, just as jury selection was about to begin.
South Dakota DCI
The South Dakota DCI contacted the MOCIC analytical staff for assistance in an elder abuse investigation. The suspect was the elderly victim’s daughter, who held her power of attorney. Authorities believed that the suspect had embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the victim and had fraudulently received thousands more in Nebraska Medicaid benefits for the victim, who resided in Nebraska. MOCIC conducted a financial analysis that assisted authorities in identifying the extent of the embezzlement and other evidence of criminal activity. The suspect pled guilty to one count of embezzlement of property in trust.
News and Testimonials
The South Dakota DCI/South Dakota Fusion Center serves as the RISSafe Watch Center for the state of South Dakota. RISSafe stores and maintains data on planned law enforcement events, such as raids, controlled buys, and surveillances, with the goal of identifying and alerting affected agencies and officers of potential conflicts.
“The information obtained from the analysis was essential to establish the probable cause needed to arrest the suspect. Without this information, an arrest in this homicide case may not have been possible.”
—South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation
“I am finding MOCIC to be an asset and a valuable tool in my investigations. I will be using MOCIC in the future, guaranteed.”
—Yankton County Sheriff’s Office
“When I am away from my computer, MOCIC can find the information that I need and forward it to my phone. I can get it while I am still on the street.”
—U.S. Marshals Service
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.
Rapid City Police Department
Intelligence Research Services
The Rapid City Police Department contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance in a theft investigation. The suspect was stealing wallets and purses and using the contents to make fraudulent purchases. Authorities needed to identify the suspect but had only a partial name. The MOCIC staff obtained information about the suspect’s girlfriend, which, in turn, allowed authorities to obtain a positive identification of the suspect. The MOCIC staff also obtained a photo of the suspect from a southern state.
U.S. Marshals Service
Intelligence Research Services
The U.S. Marshals Service contacted the MOCIC intelligence research staff for assistance with a narcotics investigation. Authorities needed to locate a fugitive suspect. The MOCIC staff provided the authorities with information that helped them locate and arrest the suspect.