The mission of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Intelligence Unit is to collect, analyze and disseminate information on the criminal activities of individuals, organized crime groups, emerging criminal groups, public disorder and terrorist groups suspected of being involved in the actual or attempted planning, organizing, financing, or committing criminal acts. The Criminal Intelligence Unit is tasked with gathering and maintaining information that is criminal predicate driven. The CIU is also used to support ongoing investigations, and to help identify suspect(s) involved in criminal activities. The Criminal Intelligence Unit complies with federal guidelines (28 CFR Part 23) to preserve the integrity and confidentiality of the information received.
In addition to case support, the unit also tracks and maintains information on sexual offenders and predators, criminal gangs, hate groups, separatist groups and transient criminal organizations. The CIU works closely with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the Child Abduction Response Team (CART).
The goal of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Intelligence Unit is to apply its resources and coordinate with other units, divisions, law enforcement agencies, and correctional facilities to prevent and discourage the presence of organized criminal activities within the community.
The unit is currently comprised of intelligence analysts, data entry clerks, a detective and a sergeant. All of the Analyst have completed the State of Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Academy and are certified by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A member of the North Florida Fusion Center is also housed within CIU. This relationship allows the Leon County Sheriff’s Office to have a regional perspective on crime and crime trends from twelve other counties, which could impact Leon County.
The unit maintains memberships with the Florida Intelligence Unit, Florida Gang Investigators Association, North Florida Cart Team, Florida Crime & Intelligence Analyst Association, International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Association and the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units.
Below you will find examples of tattoos, graffiti, and gang signs seen in the Leon County area. Click to view larger image.