State Intelligence Team (SIT)

August 17, 2020

The State Intelligence Team (SIT) enhances the state's ability to detect, assess, and prioritize threats to the safety and security of its citizens. This team produces multi-agency State Intelligence Estimates (SIEs) on issues related to homeland security and public safety in Texas. SIT is composed of several units including: The Organized Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU), Homeland Security Unit (HSU), Special Crimes Intelligence Unit (SCIU), and the analysts supporting the Highway Safety Operations Center (HSOC).

OCIU activities primarily consist of the analysis and production of actionable intelligence pertaining to High Threat Criminal Organizations (HTCOs) in the state. The goals associated with these activities include: the prioritization of HTCOs that dramatically impact the state, the identification of high value individuals (HVIs) associated with HTCOs; the identification and assessment of tactics, techniques and procedures of HTCOS; and the development of methods of targeting HTCOs and HVIs.

HSU works to reduce the threat of terrorism in Texas through information, analysis, and assessments in support of proactive multi-agency efforts. The unit is comprised of three different sections designed to support this goal: the Domestic Terrorism (DT) Section, the International Terrorism/Homegrown Violent Extremism Section (IT/HVE), and the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Section. Both the DT and IT/HVE Sections serve as a central point for all regional information regarding international and domestic terrorism-related issues from a variety of sources. They also support the FBI in its counterterrorism mission where needed in Texas, working with Joint Terrorism Task Forces to aid investigations. The CIP Section builds and maintains partnerships with public and private sector partners to strategically manage risks to critical infrastructure in Texas. It collects and analyses critical infrastructure information, shares accurate and actionable intelligence with partners, and supports homeland security decision making.

SCIU has several sections that provide support to major crime investigations and special cases including Texas Crimes against Children Center (TCACC), Human Trafficking and Sex Offender Compliance. TCACC works to coordinate a unified effort to share information and provide resources to those investigating crimes against children. TCACC personnel conduct research to identify crime patterns and trends in crimes against children data, identify tactics and techniques utilized by individuals engaged in the abuse and exploitation of children, and provide analytical support to law enforcement agencies for crimes against children related investigations.

HT section facilitates communication and collaboration with multi-disciplinary partners, including local, state, and federal law enforcement and non-governmental organizations, to identify and assess High Threat Criminal Organizations (HTCOs) and High Value Individuals (HVIs) involved in human trafficking. The unit produces proactive intelligence, investigative leads, and case support to law enforcement investigating all aspects of human trafficking crimes in Texas.

SOCU works to enforce compliance with state sex offender registration requirements. SOCU personnel support and educate law enforcement regarding sex offender compliance and provide case support to assist in locating and filing charges on non-compliant/absconded offenders. SOCU personnel target high-risk offenders considered a danger to the community due to the likelihood that they will continue to engage in criminal sexual conduct.

HSOC is responsible for enhancing highway and public safety through the collection, evaluation, analysis, and dissemination of data and information related to criminal activity, crashes, and traffic enforcement. Comprised of analysts, statisticians, and Geographic Information Specialists (GIS), the HSOC provides statewide support to Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement personnel, particularly Texas Highway Patrol, and other local law enforcement agencies as needed. Whether through high-level strategic analysis, or working with the field at a regional and local level, HSOC plays a vital role in supporting data driven policing and enforcement across the state of Texas.