The Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) is responsible for compiling, analyzing and sharing statewide criminal intelligence, with a special emphasis on organized crime, fugitives, gang activity and missing children. CIU manages Tennessee’s Fusion Center as well as several high profile projects including AMBER Alert, the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry and the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted program.
The unit is currently comprised of six Special Agents, one Administrative Secretary, and 19 Law Enforcement Information Coordinators (LEIC), and is supervised by two Assistant Special Agents in Charge and a Special Agent in Charge. The state’s Fusion Center is housed within CIU and is located in TBI Headquarters and includes representatives from the Tennessee Department of Corrections, the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security, the Federal Department of Homeland Security, ROCIC, Board of Probation and Parole, ATF, Tennessee Department of Safety and the FBI. Each agency furnishes a liaison or an analyst who works in close association with the TBI Criminal Intelligence Unit. The Criminal Intelligence Unit also does studies and issues reports when asked by the state legislature. The latest one is Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and its Impact on Children and Youth.
Tennessee Sex Offender Registry
The TBI Sex Offender Registry was implemented in January 1995, as mandated by T.C.A. 40-39-101, which is now 40-39-201. TBI headquarters is the central repository for original sex offender registration documents. The TBI is responsible for making and maintaining a connection to the Sex Offender Registration, Verification, and Tracking System to all criminal justice agencies who register sex offenders. All offenders, who are required to register are listed on the public access sex offender website. The TBI also provides law enforcement with certified copies of sex offender’s files.
TBI is the clearinghouse for missing children for Tennessee and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. TBI is responsible for collecting and disseminating information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies about missing children as well as maintaining a file of missing children.
AMBER Alert Program
1-800-TBI-FIND or 1-800-TBI-KIDS
CIU coordinates the state’s AMBER Alert program. AMBER Alert is a partnership between media and law enforcement to disseminate information concerning child abductions, endangered and missing children throughout Tennessee and other states as necessary. Since the inception of the Amber Alert program in Tennessee, there have been more than fifty activations performed by the TBI. Only two of the children who have had AMBER Alerts issued for their whereabouts were not safely returned.
1-800-TBI-FIND or 1-800-824-3469
CIU is responsible for the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitive program for the state of Tennessee. Rewards are offered on each suspect placed on the list and paid out to any individual who calls in with information leading the whereabouts and arrest of a fugitive. Bulletins are prepared by TBI analysts and are distributed to law enforcement agencies across the state about the search for the fugitive. A CIU Special Agent is also assigned strictly to fugitive cases.
CIU’s Gang Analysts gather information about Tennessee’s gangs and the crimes they commit. They study, document and prepare gang intelligence information that is distributed to local law enforcement agencies. This type of information sharing allows law enforcement to better combat the gang problem in their own communities.
Most of the Special Agents assigned to CIU are members of various task forces. The TBI CIU has three special agents who are assigned full-time to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. These agents hold a top-secret security clearance and are involved in both domestic and international terrorism related investigations pertaining to national security.
Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC)
The TBI CIU is the grantee agency for the Regional Organized Crime Information Center (ROCIC). ROCIC is the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) project agency for the southeastern area of the United States and serves more than 1,500 member agencies in fourteen states. The primary objectives of the program are to encourage and facilitate the rapid exchange and sharing of information pertaining to known or suspected criminals or criminal activity among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, and to enhance coordination and communication among those agencies in pursuit of criminal conspiracies determined to be multi-jurisdictional in nature. The CIU shares and communicates information daily to ROCIC for distribution to law enforcement agencies across the state of Tennessee and the southeastern United States.
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen)
The TBI CIU continues to serve as the coordinator for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) for the state. FinCen is an organization established by the U.S. Department of Treasury to collect, analyze and disseminate intelligence on financial crimes.
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)
The TBI CIU is the contact agency for Tennessee to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). This organization promotes mutual assistance and cooperation between police agencies in different countries throughout the world. All inquiries made to Tennessee through INTERPOL are submitted through TBI. These inquiries are either forwarded to the appropriate agency or checked by TBI.
National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes (NCAVC)
TBI works with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crimes (NCAVC). All law enforcement agencies in the state submit reports through TBI and in turn, TBI maintains a copy of the reports submitted and sends the reports to the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (VICAP) for analysis.
School Violence Hotline
1-800-TBI-FIND or 1-800-824-3469
The TBI, with help from the Department of Education, established a toll free School Violence Hotline to receive information relating to potential violent acts in Tennessee’s schools. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Information received is forwarded immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency and designated school contact person.
In February 1999, the TBI purchased, with Asset Forfeiture funds, a Cessna 182S Skylane aircraft. This single engine aircraft provides the TBI with enhanced abilities to perform its missions, such as crime scene searches, surveillance, undercover officer protection and cover, searches for fugitives, search and rescue, reconnaissance flights for search planning, search for contraband (including marijuana), aerial photographs of crime scenes and transport of evidence in time sensitive cases.
Mobile Command Post
The TBI CIU also has 13 LEIC’s and two supervisors trained to operate and staff the Mobile Command Post. A functional mobile command center allows the TBI to respond to situations with resources that permit communication and the sharing of intelligence information within the TBI and with other law enforcement agencies.
Pre-employment Background Investigations
The TBI CIU is responsible for performing pre-employment background investigations for certain positions in state government. These background investigations include; Governor’s Cabinet appointees; Governor’s Staff appointees; Tennessee Education Lottery; Tennessee Supreme Court appointees; Governor’s Office of Homeland Security employees, Department of Safety employees, other judicial positions as required by the Chief Justice, as well as other positions within the TBI.