Special Operations & Intelligence Unit The Special Operations and Intelligence Unit’s (SOIU) mission is to reduce crime and enhance both public and staff safety. This is executed with a multi-faceted proactive approach of enforcing federal and state laws, as well as collecting, evaluating, and analyzing intelligence to provide actionable recommendations to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Law Enforcement community. SOIU is within the Division of Adult Correction and is responsible for identifying appropriate security goals, objectives, standards, strategies, and technologies used. SOIU is responsible for operational procedures and the processing of intelligence for the Division that impacts the general public, staff, and offenders under the authority of the Division. Additional responsibilities include identifying appropriate goals, objectives, standards, strategies and technologies used; coordinating and directing activities of both Prison and Community Corrections staff, and overseeing the collection, analysis, and sharing of intelligence information. INVESTIGATIONS The Investigations Section works closely with various agencies and partners to provide support in both internal and external investigations. The section also oversees the Security Risk Group program for Adult Correction and serves as the hub for all things SRG related. Another key element of the section is the production, analysis, and dissemination of criminal intelligence on a local, state, and national level. Security Risk Groups SOIU 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. The unit 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. SPECIAL OPERATIONS INVESTIGATORS/FEDERAL AGENCIES/NCISAAC SOIU has sworn investigators, Special Operations Investigators (SOIs), who are partnered with state and federal agencies where resources are utilized of those agencies to assist the field. SOIs coordinate warrant round-ups; investigate and arrest violent offenders working jointly with state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies; investigate claims/complaints of individuals or groups with suspected ties to international terrorist organizations; investigate all white collar and public corruption matters including human trafficking, fraud, and civil rights matters; investigate violations of state and federal law regarding narcotics and other controlled substances, and state and federal law regarding firearms; participate in undercover operations; gather intelligence on street gangs, prison gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs; and is a liaison to multiple partner agencies. SOIs work with: United States Marshals Service Federal Bureau of Investigation Drug Enforcement Agency Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency Department of Homeland Security, and North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation-NCISAAC (North Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center). NCISAAC is an intelligence center where local, state, and federal resources are combined and shared to fight against criminal activity and terrorism. https://www.ncsbi.gov/NCISAAC Canine Unit SOIU’s canine unit is responsible for enhancing public safety throughout the state of North Carolina by providing canine support for law enforcement and assistance with locating prison escapees. It is comprised of six Special Operations Investigator handlers and their canines, that are trained in narcotics detection, gun detection, tracking, and handler protection. All SOIU canines are IPWDA (International Police Work Dog Association) certified. Drone Program DPS/SOIU is the first correctional agency in the nation to deploy Skydio drones. SOIU has designated 9 drone pilots to become certified through NC Department of Transportation (DOT) and obtaining licensure through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). GANGNET GangNet administration was moved from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol to SOIU in July 2020, making SOIU the primary administrative authority for the North Carolina GangNet database. This allows SOIU to manage and track gang related intelligence both inside and outside of Adult Corrections, and for a more centralized location for all the state’s gang intelligence. GangNet is a web-based platform that allows certified users to enter and/or view information on gang suspects and members that have been validated as such using standardized criteria. Users must be employed in a law enforcement capacity and further be certified to enter or view information contained within the database. Certification includes thorough knowledge of the laws and protocols required for gang member entry. Once entered, GangNet allows certified officers and agencies the ability to share non-discoverable and non-evidentiary information on validated gang members and affiliates. The system is governed by state and federal regulations that dictate the use of the information in intelligence databases. For assistance with GangNet, please email SOIU_Gangnet@ncdps.gov. COMMUNICATIONS The Communications Section within SOIU oversees the Division of Criminal Information Section (DCI), the Communications Center, the Inmate Phone Investigator Section, and the Extradition/Fugitive Section. The Division of Criminal Information Section (DCI) enters and maintains approximately 13,000 warrants on fugitive probation and parole absconders. In addition, this section process background checks for employment and criminal justice purposes for SOIU as well as the NC National Guard, NC Emergency Management, NC Department of Information Technology, and several other sections within DPS. The Communications Center provides two-way radio support for DPS Probation Officers and North Carolina Probation Officers in the field while they conduct potentially dangerous field contacts with probation and parole offenders. Based inside the DCI Center, the Communications Center Telecommunicators provide pertinent information to officers regarding offenders and dispatch emergency services in the event of an incident. The Inmate Phone Investigator Section (IPI) receives requests from Division of Prisons, as well as outside law enforcement agencies, to monitor inmate phone recordings from prisons to determine if illicit activity has occurred. These investigations can be detailed and lengthy but are a major part of maintaining the integrity within the prison system. The Extradition/Fugitive Section coordinates all extradition assignments for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety as well as those requesting state reimbursements for District Attorneys and local law enforcement agencies in all 100 counties in North Carolina. Adult Corrections must ensure that there are a sufficient number of Community Correction officers trained in extradition procedures to efficiently and effectively complete extradition transports. The office must process appropriate paperwork to coordinate extraditions, keep track of completed extraditions and communicate with proper authorities. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RECOVERY SOIU coordinates the overall emergency preparedness for Adult Correction. 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.