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Special Operations

The Special Operations Division has seven specialized investigative and operational units:
                •  Air Wing Unit                                                            •  Intelligence Services
                •  Computer Crimes Unit                                              •   Medicaid Criminal  
                •  Criminal Information & Identification Section                 Investigations Unit
                •  Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit                •  Special Services Unit

Airplanes and Surveillance
The Air Wing duties include aerial surveillance, statewide coordination of the marijuana eradication program, investigative photography, investigative reconnaissance, and fugitive transport associated with criminal investigations.
Computer Crimes Investigations
Agents with the Computer Crimes Unit investigate crimes perpetrated by use of a computer, computer systems, or computer networks.   The unit is responsible for statewide coordination of the investigation of computer and Internet Crimes.   It is responsible for the administration of the North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force funded by the US Department of Justice.
Background Checks and Identification
The Criminal Information and Identification Section provides help to the SBI, law enforcement, and citizens of North Carolina with background checks and identification as well as crime reporting programs for criminal statistics.
We are the central repository for criminal history information based on fingerprint identification.  We operate the Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System (SAFIS).   We also train, audit, and approve access to the DCI Network (DCIN) which is used to exchange criminal justice and law enforcement information within NC state and nationwide.   Assisted by the Department of Justice IT Division, we maintain and oversee the NC Sex Offender Registry with information supplied by North Carolina Sheriffs.
Prescription Drug Theft and Environmental Crimes
The Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit conducts specialized criminal investigations involving diversion of controlled drugs by physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals.   We also investigate drug diversion (theft committed by fraud), sometimes by organized drug rings.
We investigate environmental crimes that involve the illegal storage, transportation, or disposal of hazardous waste, illegal discharges into state waterways, air quality violations, and other state or federal environmental crimes.
Crime Tips and Information Analysis
Intelligence Services is responsible for the collection, classification, and sharing of criminal intelligence information to local, state, and federal law enforcement.   The unit also oversees the management and daily operation of the NC fusion center ISAAC, Information Sharing and Analysis Center in partnerships with other state, local, and federal agencies.

Medicaid Criminal Investigations
The Medicaid Criminal Investigations Unit investigates fraud committed by Medicaid health care providers and the physical abuse of patients in the Medicaid-funded facilities.   The unit investigates embezzlement, theft, violations of federal sanctions, and the improper commingling of patients’ funds in Medicaid-funded facilities.
A Medicaid provider includes any individual, corporation, or other entity, and their officers and employees, paid by Medicaid for providing a health care service. 
The Medicaid Criminal Investigations Unit works with NC Department of Justice attorneys, investigators, and auditors, all of whom are trained in the complexities of health care fraud investigation and health care fraud litigation.   In addition, the unit works closely with United States attorneys, district attorneys, federal and state law enforcement agencies, and private insurance company fraud units.   In the past fiscal year, such collaborative work has resulted in the recovery of approximately $40 million dollars for the Medicaid Program.

Specialized Skills in Technical Services, Drugs, Bombs, and Response
The Special Services Unit has highly specialized agents assigned to the following investigative areas:
  • Clandestine Laboratory Response Program handles explosive meth labs
  • Crisis Negotiation with barricaded subjects and hostage takes
  • Criminal Apprehension Program to trackdown and arrest fugitive and crime suspects as well as assist missing/endangered person cases
  • Special Response Team responds to hostage situations, barricaded suspects, high-risk search warrants and arrests, or high-level security events
  • Technical Services provides sophisticated assistance in audio, video, and surveillance
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazardous Devices handles bombs, biological weapons, and other explosives

Special Operations:   Assistant Director B. Renee Robinson