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Multi-Agency Operational Plan

Experience and leadership are important in developing and executing a multi-agency operational plan. This involves giving the Detectives, Officers, and Agents from all of the agencies assignments. It also involves guiding and directing the Detectives, Officers, and Agents at the scene to achieve the mission’s goal and to assure the safety of the officers. I have conducted and prepared 10 successful multi-agency operational plans. Planning Steps To develop an effective operational plan I develop the below planning steps:

• How many interviewers are needed? How many computer forensic examiners are needed? • How many officers are needed for entry team? • How many officers are needed to assist with the search and evidence collection? • Scene photographer needed. • Organize and complete Ops plan. Interviews Just like any case that we investigate, the interviews of witnesses, suspects and victims are important. However, in child exploitation cases the interview can make or break your case. Most of these cases it is unknown which occupant of the house is viewing and or dealing in the child pornography.

An experienced interviewer on child exploitation cases is crucial. The interviewer must be able to gain rapport with the suspect and obtain the necessary elements to build a strong case. This may also aid in the suspect admitting to abusing children. Below are examples of information that is needed during the interview: Establish Computer Knowledge Establish Ownership of computers/accountsDo you have any file sharing programs? Who installed program? How was it configured? Who had access to the computer? Who had access to the file sharing software? Was the computer account locked/password? Wireless Internet – open vs. encrypted With six potential suspects, at least six experienced interviewers would need to be present on scene.

Computer Forensics The residence to search was large and potentially had six occupants. I knew that I needed at least two onsite computer forensic examiners. I am trained to conduct computer previews on Windows operating systems utilizing osTriage. However, osTriage will only show images still on the computer. It does not show unallocated or deleted files.

I know working with the ICAC task force that both SPD and HSI have the necessary equipment and skilled computer forensic examiners. Entry Team The location of the target house presented a threat to the entry team. There was no cover and the occupants of the house would be able to see the officer’s approach (See figure 1. 5). I solicited the help of detectives with prior SWAT experience to develop a plan for a safe approach and entry. It was then reviewed by Sgt. Aksdal (SWAT TL) who made some changes, making it a safe and effective entry plan.

This entry plan required 14 officers ? 5 for perimeter ? 9 for entry team Figure 1. 5. Target house approach Search and Evidence Team Due to the large size of the residence, I would need all available officers on the OPS to help with the search. One person would be assigned to be in charge of documenting the evidence collection and one person would be assigned to take photographs of the residence and items collected. Finished Operational Plan I contacted HSI and SPD and informed them about the warrant and my need for computer forensic examiners and experienced interviewers.

They both had personnel available to assist with the warrant service on 06/10/15. They provided me with a list of the officers that would be assisting with the warrant service. I verified that the date would work for KPD and determined with HSI and SPD, I had 20 law enforcement personnel to assign roles to. They are listed below: I finalized the operational plan by placing personnel in positions that their expertise and skills fit. The operational plan called for the residence to be cleared and secured by detectives from the Kirkland Police Department.

The Seattle Police Department and HSI Agents would be on hand to assist with evidence identification / processing and interviews after the residence was secured (A copy of the operational plan is attached in Appendix C). 5. Write a search warrant to search the IP subscriber’s residence. Search Warrant Based upon the facts and circumstances I wrote a search warrant and affidavit directing the search of Kirkland, WA 98034 for evidence of RCW 9. 68A. 050 Dealing in Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct and RCW 9. 68A. 070 Possession of Depictions of Minor Engaged in Sexual Explicit Conduct.

The warrant and affidavit was reviewed by King County Prosecutor Cecelia Gregson. This type of search warrant is very lengthy to write. The affidavit must contain all of the explanations of the technology used in viewing and also investigating child pornography cases. This requires an experienced detective to write the warrant and be able to explain it in its entirety to a judge and or courtroom. I have written over 25 child exploitation search warrants. On 06/08/15, the search warrant to search the residence was signed by King County Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw.

It was assigned number 15-561 (A copy of the search warrant is attached in Appendix D). 6. Serve the search warrant Warrant Execution On 06/10/15, at 0600 hours, I conducted a search warrant briefing at the Kirkland Police Department and presented all the law enforcement personnel involved with a copy of the search warrant. In this briefing, I advised every one of their assigned roles. This was followed by a “brief back” to make sure everyone understood their roles. All involved personnel understood their assignments.

At approximately 0650 hours, the warrant was executed following the guidance of the operational plan. John Anderson, Justin P. Zanco, Zachary P. Zanco, and Leif C. Giering were contacted at the residence. Paul Giering was not at home and was at his workplace (Univar USA INC, 17425 NE Union Hill RD, Redmond, WA 98052). 7. Conduct interviews on all of the occupants of the residence. Interviews I assigned Detective Davidson and Agent Ensley to interview Justin; Detectives Polhemus and Brown to interview Zachary; and Detectives Conine and Ortiz to interview Leif.

I interviewed Anderson with Agent Sutehall. Anderson agreed to have the interview conducted in my detective vehicle. Anderson also agreed to have the conversation recorded. He denied viewing child pornography and had no knowledge about his roommates looking at child pornography. Agent Sutehall had witnessed Anderson exit the house with a cellular phone and seized it. Anderson gave me permission to search his phone. He signed a consent to search form to that fact. I examined the phone and it did not have any images of child pornography on it and determined he was not the suspect.

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