| Major Edward O'Neil
Services Section is charged with collecting, extracting,
summarizing, analyzing and disseminating criminal intelligence
data gathered from a variety of sources. Processing this data
is critical to the Division's strategic assault on crime within
New Jersey and is accomplished through the following Bureaus
and units. The Section also provides the Superintendent and
Attorney General with the information necessary to combat
organized criminal groups and terrorists that could threaten
the security of the State and Nation.
The Intelligence Services Section is made up of the following
The Casino Gaming Bureau functions
in concert with the Division
of Gaming Enforcement by conducting criminal investigations.
The primary function of the Casino Gaming Bureau
is to enforce all New Jersey criminal statutes within the
Atlantic City casinos, as well as the provisions of the Casino
Control Act. Additionally, The Bureau is responsible
for investigating a variety of regulatory violations related
to casino operations. During 2002, Bureau personnel conducted
1,869 criminal investigations which resulted in 1,447 arrests.
Casino Investigation Unit
The primary function of the Casino Investigation Unit
is the initial response, and subsequent investigation of crimes
which occur in all 12 Atlantic City Casinos, 24 hours a day.
In addition to an initial criminal response function, this
unit addresses a wide variety of regulatory violations pursuant
to the Casino Control Act, and the
Casino Control Commission rules and regulations.
The Casino Investigation Unit is also responsible for
the coordination of the Division of Gaming Enforcement's
emergency management function. In the event of an emergency
or catastrophic occurrence, the unit coordinates all duties/tasks
with the casino industry, Atlantic
City Police Department, Atlantic
County agencies and the New
Jersey State Police Emergency Management Section.
Casino Services Unit
The Casino Services Unit performs a staff function
that encompasses five areas of responsibility: evidence/property
control, report retention, report intake, trial discovery,
and data management.
Financial Crimes Investigation Unit
The primary functions of the FCIU are to generate
proactive investigations of casino related financial crimes
inherent to the casino industry and assist members of the
Casino Investigation Unit with their more in depth and time
consuming reactive financial crimes investigations. Members
of the FCIU have received specialized training in organized
credit card frauds, money laundering and counterfeiting. Unit
members are responsible for the review and evaluation of mandated
Currency Transactions Reports and Suspicious (Financial) Activity
Reports generated by the casino industry. Unit members represent
the Bureau on any state and federal money laundering task
Special Investigations Unit
The primary functions of the Special Investigations Unit
are to generate proactive investigations of casino related
crimes and assist members of the Casino Investigation Unit
with their more in-depth and time consuming reactive investigations.
Members of the Special Investigations Unit have received
specialized training, subsequently developing an expertise
in a wide variety of criminal investigations including:
organized crime, traditional or non-traditional, investigations;
corporate corruption; and in various sophisticated slot machine
and table games cheating techniques. Unit members are
responsible for maintaining a Biometrica
computerized photograph data base and facial recognition system.
As a result of these complex investigations, the unit works
closely with local, county and federal authorities. The unit
has developed a good working relationship with national
and international police authorities throughout the world
as they relate to the gaming industry.
The Counter-Terrorism Bureau (CTB) was
established on February 22, 2003, to coordinate anti-terrorist
initiatives within the Division. The mission of the CTB is
to identify, deter and detect terrorist-related activities
in the State of New Jersey, consistent with the New Jersey
Domestic Security Preparedness Act. The CTB is responsible
for gathering, analyzing, investigating, and disseminating
terrorism-related intelligence for the State and local law
The Counter-Terrorism Unit works cooperatively
with members of the NJ Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT) to
conduct investigations and develop intelligence information
with the goal of identifying and disrupting the ability of
terrorist networks to operate in New Jersey. The unit develops
strategic intelligence assessments identifying domestic and
international terrorist threats and refers leads to appropriate
authorities for further investigation.
of Counter-Terrorism Investigations Unit
unit, comprised of a civilian investigative staff hired by
OCT, works cooperatively with enlisted members assigned to
the CTB to identify and disrupt the ability of terrorist networks
to operate within the state.
Unit members participate in the
Joint Terrorist Task Forces (JTTF) pursuant to a memorandum
of understanding with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI). Unit members conduct investigations under the direction
of the FBI, have "top secret" national security
clearance and are sworn as deputies of the United States Marshals
Service. Unit members are assigned to JTTF's in Newark, N.J.,
and Philadelphia, PA.
& Analytical Support Bureau
The Intelligence Management & Analytical Support Bureau
contains the following units:
Intelligence Management Unit
The unit has two primary areas of responsibility. The unit
serves as the official New Jersey State Police liaison to
all regional, national, and international intelligence sharing
entities. It is the unit's responsibility to provide liaison
services for all requests of assistance received from bona
fide representatives of local, state, federal, and international
law enforcement agencies. For example, requests for assistance
may include queries of the New Jersey Statewide Intelligence
Management System (SIMS), New Jersey criminal history records,
New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles records, and New Jersey
Department of Treasury corporate records. The unit currently
processes approximately 1500 to 2500 queries per month.
The unit's other area of responsibility is in the administration of SIMS. The SIMS database contains information on suspected involvement in all types of organized criminal activity. Information on street gangs, outlaw motorcycle gangs, narcotics sets, terrorist information, traditional and non-traditional organized crime groups are all examples of the type of information which is contained in SIMS Additionally, in response to the September 11 attacks, the Intelligence Management Unit, in conjunction with the State Office of Counter Terrorism, developed and implemented the SIMS-driven, counter terrorism Tips and Leads system. The Tips and Leads system was designed to streamline the flow of time-sensitive counter terrorism related information to the State Police and Office of Counter Terrorism command hierarchy so that decisions could rapidly be made with regard to the deployment of resources in a critical situation.
Analytical Support Unit
The unit consists of ten civilian analysts, whose primary focus is on analysis of information concerning organized and semi-organized criminal activity. This information is derived from a variety of sources: reports from the New Jersey State Police Intelligence Bureau's regional units and units of the Investigations Section; the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and other state agencies; municipal, county and federal law enforcement agencies; or governmental, media, academic and commercial information sources. Street gangs, terrorist support networks, and organized criminal groups are current intelligence priorities of the Division.
For many years the Analytical Support Unit also has been tasked with conducting management analysis projects designed to review the functions and operations of State Police programs and initiatives. The unit is currently in the process of attempting to further develop its capacity to provide useful management analysis services to the Division.
The mission of the Intelligence Bureau is to diminish and control the capacity of criminal organizations to influence New Jersey's society, economy, and government.
The Bureau seeks to accomplish this mission by continually monitoring the activities of significant criminal groups operating in the state. The primary function of the Intelligence Bureau is to inform the Superintendent of significant organized criminal activity occurring in New Jersey, and to develop criminal cases up to the point where actual evidence-gathering by the Investigations Section can begin.
Collection of intelligence data is performed by Intelligence Bureau personnel assigned to two regional field units and the Casino Intelligence Unit.
Generally, information concerning activities of criminal groups is obtained through confidential informants who interact with members of these groups. Investigator reports summarizing this intelligence data are forwarded to Bureau command for further dissemination to the Superintendent, Investigations Section, and other law enforcement agencies.
Through these means, the Intelligence Bureau monitors criminal activity of all identified street gangs and the seven La Cosa Nostra crime families operating in the state, and regularly provides information which results in the initiation of major organized crime investigations. The Bureau also monitors the activities of non-traditional crime groups present in New Jersey.
The Intelligence Bureau
contains the following units:
Casino Intelligence Unit
The unit collects intelligence related to the casino industry and its ancillary services. Unit members focus on traditional and non-traditional organized criminal activity in the Atlantic City casinos. They identify, collect background information on, and monitor the activities of groups and individuals who threaten to negatively impact the casino industry in Atlantic City.
The unit also provides the Intelligence Bureau's supervisory staff with strategic and tactical assessments that support the formulation of future legislation and regulation concerning the casino gaming industry.
The Casino Intelligence Unit maintains cooperative relationships with all law enforcement agencies whose responsibilities include the Atlantic City area and/or the casino gaming industry.
With the recent boom in casino hotel construction estimated to be in the billions, the unit monitors and conducts backgrounds on potential contractors.
The unit has uncovered information on contractors with close affiliations to organized crime and whose negative "past performance" has precluded them from gaining a foothold in casino construction. In addition, unit personnel maintain professional relationships with law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
Electronic Surveillance Unit
The unit was created in response to the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, and formally established after the passage of the New Jersey Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Control Act in 1969.
To meet an increasing demand for the installation and maintenance of covert court-authorized electronic interceptions, the unit has established three field offices in northern, central and southern New Jersey.
For the past ten years, the New Jersey State Police has been considered a leader in the implementation of all types of electronic surveillance. While the unit is primarily responsible for all court-authorized audio and video surveillance conducted by the Division, it also offers technical and operational assistance to other local, state and federal investigative agencies. The unit has kept abreast of new technologies and has expanded its surveillance expertise to the interception of cloned cellular telephones, pagers, fax and e-mail intercepts.
Unit personnel survey, evaluate and custom-design specific surveillance techniques for each individual job. Moreover, they install, repair and maintain all related electronic equipment. The unit also processes all audio taped evidence, and is responsible for the inventory and control of all court-authorized wiretaps and room eavesdropping.
The Electronic Surveillance Unit has maintained its position in the forefront of technology by designing the most sophisticated computer-aided equipment.
Regional Field Units
Geographically assigned in the northern and southern areas of the state, the Regional Field Units are responsible for gathering and evaluating intelligence data pertaining to organized criminal groups active in their designated areas.
While monitoring the activities of traditional and non-traditional organized criminal groups, the Regional Field Units have been directed by the Superintendent to also monitor evolving problems created by less well-known non-traditional organized crime groups.
In the course of their duties, the regional intelligence units have provided federal, state, county and local law enforcement authorities with the probable cause necessary to initiate criminal investigations in the area of official corruption, illegal gambling, loan sharking, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, labor racketeering and Alcohol Beverage Control violations.
Witness Relocation Unit
This unit determines the suitability of a person for inclusion into the Witness Relocation Program and assists in determining alternative methods of protecting the witness. The unit procures safe site locations for the protected witnesses and/or arranges for security details upon returning for court or other purposes. The unit provides documents to enable the witness to establish a new identity and other services necessary to assist the witness in becoming self-sufficient in main stream society.
Established in 1993 to support the anti-gang efforts of county and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, the unit's primary functions are to collect intelligence on criminal gangs; analyze gang trends; identify problem areas, and target New Jersey's most violent criminal street gangs for enforcement action.
To achieve its mission, the Street Gang Bureau acts in an operational support role for New Jersey's county anti-gang task forces, which are composed of personnel drawn from state, county, and local law enforcement agencies.
The State Police role in these task forces is to provide training in gang awareness, street gang recognition, and investigative techniques; intelligence collection and analysis; assistance in developing enforcement plans, and tactical expertise in enforcement operations. The Street Gang Bureau serves as the primary state law enforcement liaison with New Jersey's 21 counties, and maintains regional offices in northern and southern New Jersey.