Corrections Department opens intelligence operations center

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The Department of Correction has opened an Intelligence Operations Center

This statewidefacility is operated by the Special Operations Group within the Bureau of Prisons.

“We made a commitment after the 2017 uprising and murder of Lt. Steven Floyd that we were going to do the hard work to make our correctional system safer,” Gov.John Carney said. “This Intelligence Operations Center demonstrates how far the DOC has come by investing in technology and people, embracing a new organizational approach, and placing top-notch management across its facilities to better meet its important mission.”

The DOC Intelligence Operations Center addresses a need for better communication and information-sharing within andacross Delaware’s correctional facilitiesthat was highlighted by theIndependent Review of Security Issues at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The review wascommissioned by Carney in 2017 following the uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

The report cited a lack of intelligence gathering and camera surveillance.

DOC’s Intelligence Operations Center taps into access to thousands of surveillance cameras, human intelligence, tips from employees, and other sources.

Its team of 12 employees, including intelligence analysts and field investigators, partner with security staff at the facility levelto focus on gang-related affiliations and activity among inmates, contraband detection, organized criminal enterprises, isolated threats by individuals, and other activities.

The DOC Intelligence Operations Center, a stand-alone facility in an undisclosed location in the Dover area, is based in a state-owned building that was transferred to the Department of Correction late last year.

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