TEXAS

RISS Center- ROCIC

Texas 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 Texas, these leadership positions are held by:

Board Member:
Chief Joseph Costa
DeSoto Police Department
(469) 658-3002

Board Proxy:
Executive Director Larry Gray
Texas and Southwestern
Cattle Raisers Association
(800) 242-7820, Ext. 112

Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Cold Case Homicide: The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office in San Angelo borrowed a sophisticated ground-penetrating radar (GPR) device from the ROCIC equipment staff to assist in locating the remains of a homicide victim in an 11-year-old cold case. As a result, two subjects were arrested and charged with the murder of the female victim, whose remains were finally recovered. Using the GPR, deputies found the exact location of where the body had been buried in a ditch. Although the body was no longer there, the GPR showed a distinct anomaly that helped the excavators dig in an area where the human remains were finally located. The investigators noted that they were successful despite having no prior experience with the GPR equipment.

In FY2017—

213 Member Agencies
39,578 Sworn Personnel Served
1,862 Officers and Personnel Trained
34,703 Intelligence Database Inquiries
384 Intelligence Database Hits
788 Requests for Information on 1,718 Targets
7,138 Analytical and 268 Forensic Products Delivered
109,472 Bulletins and Special Reports Disseminated
202 Pieces of Investigative Equipment Loaned

Wake Village Police Department
Equipment Services

Drug Trafficking: The Wake Village Police Department borrowed a ROCIC covert video system to install in a bait vehicle as part of an investigation of vehicle burglaries. During the onstreet surveillance, investigators noticed a second-floor apartment in the vicinity experiencing an abnormal amount of foot and vehicular traffic. Patrol units stopped several vehicles leaving the apartment complex, after the surveillance team contacted them. The occupants of the vehicles admitted to buying high- grade marijuana at the apartment, surrendered their contraband, and provided statements. A search warrant for the apartment was executed the following morning. As the entry team made its way up the stairway, one of the apartment occupants jumped from a second -floor window and was quickly detained. The apartment front door was breached, and a search of the apartment yielded 5 ounces of high -grade marijuana, more than 200 grams of Ecstasy (MDMA), several bars of Xanax, multiple cell phones, scales, baggies, and a loaded pistol. The two occupants of the apartment were arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Testimonials

“ROCIC is by far the best investigative asset we have. Everyone I’ve dealt with has been pleasant, professional, and eager to assist in whatever we need.”

—Wake Village 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:
• 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

Frisco Police Department
Intelligence Research Services

Sex Offender: The Frisco Police Department (FPD) received a Child Protective Services (CPS) referral that a sex offender—who absconded from Dallas about three years ago—was living in a local home with foster children. By law, a sex offender cannot live in the same residence with children. The suspect hid every time that CPS conducted a home visit, and the offender’s girlfriend denied that he ever lived there. At the request of FPD investigators, the ROCIC intelligence research staff provided corroborating data that the offender had listed two of the foster home addresses as his own, for bill-paying purposes. The FPD is pursuing charges for failure to comply with sex offender registration and investigating a second allegation made by one of the foster children.

33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Witness Location: In three separate felony cases involving assault, sexual assault, and robbery, the 33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which serves Burnet, Llano, Blanco, and San Saba Counties, requested and received address information from the ROCIC intelligence research staff that was used by the victim services officer to locate witnesses vital to the successful prosecution of those cases. The 33rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office uses ROCIC resources on a regular basis.

97th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Fugitive Apprehension: The 97th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, which serves Archer, Clay, and Montague Counties, contacted the ROCIC intelligence research staff to request information on 18 fugitives who had been at large for some time. The ROCIC staff located nine of the fugitives, who were subsequently arrested, including one who was located by authorities in Oregon. The prosecutors praised the promptness and courtesy of the ROCIC staff and described their ability to analyze data and locate fugitives as being vital to the mission of the prosecutor’s office.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General
Intelligence Research Services

Welfare Fraud: For almost a year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Inspector General in Temple investigated multiple cases of fraud in reference to a welfare nutrition and meals program. In these cases, a single parent or parents would claim to have more children in the household than in reality to collect more government funds. Using the services of the ROCIC intelligence research staff to corroborate the claims, the federal agency has obtained indictments against 12 fraud suspects. In addition, ROCIC staff produced link -analysis charts, timelines, document sorts, and bank record examinations relating to the suspects for use in the investigations and subsequent prosecutions of the defendants. The special agent in charge of the case called ROCIC resources a meaningful force -multiplier and stated that the ROCIC work quality is second -to- none and that the response time is almost immediate.

Polk County District Attorney’s Office
Intelligence Research Services

Notification of Kin: The Polk County District Attorney’s Office in Livingston investigated the brutal shooting of a 26 -year- old homeless man by other homeless men. The body was left by the roadside in a rural part of the county. Authorities made multiple arrests, but they did not know how to notify the relatives of the victim. The Polk County District Attorney’s Office contacted ROCIC, and the ROCIC intelligence research staff produced the names of the next of kin, along with their addresses and contact information. The victim’s mother, father, and grandmother were all contacted, allowing closure for the family. The ROCIC staff is currently tasked with researching information on the suspects, who were charged in the homicide case.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Intelligence Research Services

Evading Arrest: The ROCIC intelligence research staff was contacted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Law Enforcement Division to provide the identity and the address of a parolee who had fled wardens in a high-speed chase after trespassing on private property. The TPWD received an extensive criminal history and a driver’s license photo of the suspect, who had just been released from prison. Working with local authorities, the TPWD investigators arrested the suspect at the northeast Texas address provided by ROCIC.

Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
Equipment Services

Illegal Gambling: During an investigation of two locations suspected of harboring illegal gambling operations, the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office contacted ROCIC to borrow sophisticated audio/video surveillance equipment in order to document criminal activity and protect the safety of two female undercover agents. Search and arrest warrants were quickly obtained for the first location and were later obtained for the second location, as a result of the surveillance. The two main targets were arrested, 75 gambling machines were impounded, and $3,699 in U.S. currency was confiscated.