Special Operations & Intelligence Unit

The Special Operations & Intelligence Unit within the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency security posture, including policies and procedures impacting the general public, staff and offenders under the authority of the Division. 

Additionally, responsibilities include identifying appropriate security goals, objectives, standards, strategies and technologies used; coordinate and direct activities of both Prison and Community Corrections staff; and oversee the collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence information.

Drug Testing & Intervention
The Unit manages the drug and alcohol testing and intervention programs, offering guidance to field staff and monitoring testing compliance. It manages these programs to reduce the flow of drug contraband into prison facilities and reduces the amount of illegal drugs utilized by the inmate population and the managed offenders of Community Corrections. 

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery
The Unit coordinates the overall emergency preparedness for the Division of Adult Correction & Juvenile Justice. This section provides guidance and resources to plan and maintain critical agency operations throughout emergencies. It also serves as the liaison with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) to answer requests for transportation, inmate labor resources, and supervision of emergency shelters and communities during, and following, statewide emergencies. 

The Unit maintains an active role as a State Emergency Response Team (SERT) partner and participates in exercises and training scheduled by NCEM throughout the year. Security Services also coordinates the annual In-Service trainings for all the tactical teams such as the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT), Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT), Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Special Operations Target Interdiction Team (SOTIT) and Canine (K-9) Team.

Security Risk Groups
The Unit is responsible for monitoring and managing male and female offenders who have been identified as having affiliations with Security Risk Groups (SRG) members. It provides training to Division staff, law enforcement agencies and maintains databases used to track and identify gang members who are incarcerated and/or under supervision within our communities. Our office is responsible for establishing procedures to gather, monitor, coordinate and track intelligence information necessary to counter planned criminal activities by offenders and to manage inmate SRG efforts. 

Division of Criminal Information
The Division of Criminal Information (DCI) provides warrant and wanted person information through the National Crime Information Center 24 hours a day. The section receives, processes and maintains approximately 12,243 warrants for offenders that have absconded supervision from the Division of Community Corrections, making it the largest DCI operation in the state.

  • The DCI oversees all absconder warrants for probation and post-release parole;
  • Enters all warrants for Community Corrections;
  • Provides information to law enforcement about offenders status;
  • Assists with entry of emergency parole warrants;
  • Monitors all expired absconder cases;
  • Monitors all out-of-state and federal parole detainer cases;
  • Provides information to field staff as needed; and
  • Monitors and responds to information received via the public absconder tip lines. 

The Extradition Unit is comprised of six administrative staff and four Extradition Lieutenants. Pursuant to the Federal Uniform Criminal Extradition Act, as incorporated in Article 37 of the North Carolina General Statues and Executive Order, the unit coordinates all extradition missions for Department of Public Safety, as well as those requesting state reimbursement for county and local law enforcement cases for all 100 counties.  

Task Force Officers/U.S. Marshals
The primary mission of the Violent Fugitive Task Force is to seek out and arrest persons who have outstanding state and/or federal warrants for their arrest in a joint and coordinated effort. It also assists in criminal prosecution of security safety issues. This joint effort increases public safety through the location and apprehension of state and federal fugitives. 

Special Teams

Prison Emergency Response Team (PERT)
The Prison Emergency Response Team is a highly-trained tactical unit comprised of security, custody and medical personnel, as well as other staff required to engage and terminate the spread of an emergency. PERT is a select unit of highly-motivated, well-disciplined, properly-equipped and  well-trained officers who serve and protect the public by providing assistance in the containment and resolution of prison emergencies, It also provides specialized assistance in meeting operational needs that may arise within the Division of Prisons. PERT also provides supportive and tactical assistance to other public agencies. PERT exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism.

Hostage Negotiation Teams
Hostage Negotiation Teams are highly-trained units comprised of four personnel trained to arbitrate emergency situations in an attempt to reach peaceful resolutions. The teams are select units of highly-motivated, well-disciplined, properly-equipped personnel who protect the public by attempting to negotiate peaceful resolutions to emergencies that include armed, barricaded subject situations and other tasks as assigned.

Special Operations Target Interdiction Team (SOTIT)
The Special Operations Target Interdiction Team (SOTIT) is a highly-trained marksmanship unit comprised of security and custody personnel, as well as other staff tasked to resolve certain prison emergencies. SOTIT members are specially trained to gather intelligence, offer precision fire as directed and observe threat(s) at all times. SOTIT is a select group of disciplined, well-trained staff that serves and protects the public by providing the option of a resolution to any prison hostage situation by use of lethal force. SOTIT also provides an intelligence gathering capability, as well as a tactical resolution option to emergencies that include armed, barricaded subject situations and possible other tasks.

Special Operations Response Team (SORT)
The Special Operations Response Team (SORT) is a highly-trained tactical unit comprised of security and custody personnel and other staff required to resolve certain prison emergencies. SORT is a select unit of highly-motivated, well-disciplined, properly-equipped and well-trained staff that serve and protect the public by providing the option of tactical resolution to any prison hostage situation by use of less-than-lethal or lethal force. SORT also provides tactical resolutions option to other emergencies such as dangerous fugitive apprehension, high-risk prisoner transport, injured officer rescue, tracking escapees, armed, barricaded subject situations and other special needs tasks.

Tony Taylor Director of Special Operations & Intelligence (984) 204-2887
Katie Black Executive Assistant (984) 204-2973
Chris Oxendine Senior Administrator (919) 324-1462
Jeff Sipes Chief of Special Operations & Intelligence/Community Corrections (984) 204-2889
Loris Sutton Chief of Special Operations & Intelligence/Prisons (984) 204-2888
Ssycret Evans Extradition Manager (919) 324-1395
Jeff Mackvick Division of Criminal Information Manager (919) 324-1165
Christopher Rich Criminal Analyst (984) 204-2890
Rhonda Miller Administrative Officer (984) 204-2892
Nakisha Taylor Office Assistant IV (984) 204-2885
William Dias Division Drug Coordinator (984) 204-2893

Kenneth Smith

Security Specialist - Special Teams, Randall Complex Security, Highway Work Squads, Emergency Preparedness, Inmate Deaths  (984) 204-2895
Robert Bilberry Security Specialist - Special Teams, High Risk Transport (984) 204-2894
Russell Jackson Probation & Parole Field Specialist - Security Risk Group - Community Corrections, Emergency Preparedness (984) 204-2896