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Major Edward O'Neil - Section Commander

The Intelligence 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 Bureaus:


Casino Gaming Bureau

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 force.

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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.

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Counter Terrorism Bureau

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 enforcement entities.

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Counter-Terrorism Unit

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.

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Office of Counter-Terrorism Investigations Unit

This 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.

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Joint Terrorism Unit

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.

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Intelligence Management & Analytical Support Bureau

The Intelligence Management & Analytical Support Bureau contains the following units:

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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.

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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.

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Intelligence Bureau

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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Street Gang Bureau

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.

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