Special Operations and Public Integrity Unit
The Special Operations and Public Integrity Unit provides assistance to police and prosecutors in a wide variety of matters, including covert, complex, technology-based and/or sensitive investigations, and all cases involving electronic surveillance.
Cases involving electronic surveillance
We assist in all cases utilizing statutorily authorized electronic surveillance techniques. We also work with law enforcement and other prosecuting offices to develop use protocols and supply training. These techniques are employed in a wide variety of investigations including homicide, sexual assault, prolific criminals, organized crime, and efforts to locate fugitives, missing persons, and material witnesses.
Narcotics case development
This unit includes Case Development Deputies who are embedded with local law enforcement and task force groups to provide real time and detailed legal assistance in combating Drug Trafficking Organizations. The Case Development Deputies assist in developing legal strategies, reviewing search warrants, rush filing cases, and providing legal guidance on forfeiture issues.
We are also available to assist in investigations into cyber-related crimes. Recent investigations include Distributing Intimate Images (“revenge porn”), cyber stalking, cyber intrusions/data theft, and on-line harassment/death threats.
Complex investigation / task force
Our deputies are available to consult law enforcement in complex and long-standing investigations. Recent examples include sex trafficking, conspiracy to kill a police officer, a serial burglary ring, and a task force involving sophisticated jewelry thieves.
Search warrant assist / templates
Our deputies review a wide variety of search warrants and are available to assist in complex, technical or unusual warrants. Spec Ops has also maintains search warrant resources that are available to law enforcement and prosecutors including a variety of search warrant templates.
Special Operations deputies are on call 24/7 to provide immediate assistance in any of the above situations as well as to assist in efforts to locate missing and endangered persons.
Our deputies routinely provide training to law enforcement, prosecutors, 911 and dispatch operators, search and rescue personnel, and others on many of the topics listed above.
Privileged communications / taint team
This unit is charged with assisting in cases implicating privilege matters. This often involves attorney/client communication discovered in jail phone calls and searches of areas where privileged material is likely to be located such as law offices and jail cells.