Special Operations Programs
Wisconsin’s Amber Alert Program is a voluntary partnership and collaborative effort involving law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, the wireless industry and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin to disseminate urgent bulletins concerning abducted children. Amber Alert bulletins are broadcast over the public airwaves, via text messages, highway message boards, outdoor advertising sign boards and through many multiagency partners to enlist the aid of the public to help locate an abducted child. Wisconsin’s Amber Alert partners strive toward the same goal - save the life of a child.
DCI Criminal Analysts provide specialized criminal investigative support to enhance the efforts of the Division of Criminal Investigation and other law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin. Experienced analysts leverage specialized analytical software to provide case-specific operational and tactical analysis aiding in case development and assisting with criminal prosecutions.
Child Abduction Response Team (CART)
The Division’s CART Program fills the most critical law enforcement needs in the state-wide response to child abductions. CART is a team of individuals from DCI who are trained and prepared to respond to a report of a missing, endangered or abducted child. CART leverages resources to aid in the search and rescue efforts and to assist the agency of jurisdiction in its investigation. The role of the CART is not to supplant the investigation of the local jurisdiction, but rather to enhance the ongoing investigation with a cooperative approach involving trained DCI law enforcement personnel, resources and technology.
The Division’s Gaming Enforcement initiative operates in conjunction with state and local law enforcement to investigate allegations of illegal gambling of statewide scope or significance, as well as providing education and resources to municipalities and business groups such as the Tavern League of Wisconsin. Special Agents investigate complaints ranging from illegal lotteries to sports betting to bookmaking, as well as investigating allegations of criminal activity in existing forms of legal gaming in the State of Wisconsin. Special Agents utilize a network of resources within law enforcement and within the regulatory structure of the gaming industry in their investigation of illegal gambling. The Division routinely works with the Department of Revenue, the Department of Administration, the Division of the Lottery and numerous local law enforcement agencies to accomplish its mission.
Missing & Exploited Children & Adults
The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults actively assists law enforcement, victim families, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other missing children organizations in cases involving missing children, human trafficking victims and children who are victims of enticement via the Internet. Wisconsin’s Clearinghouse provides technical investigative assistance, referrals and advocacy in navigating the criminal justice system, along with other resources, services and information, to victim families of children and adults who are missing and considered endangered in the state of Wisconsin, nationwide and internationally.
The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children and Adults actively assists law enforcement officers, victims and victim families in search, recovery and reunification in cases involving abducted, missing and/or exploited children and adults.
The Wisconsin Clearinghouse provides training to law enforcement, social workers, victim advocates, educators, victim service providers and sex offender specialists statewide. In addition, the Wisconsin Clearinghouse participates in a variety of community events, conferences and training programs to promote awareness regarding abducted/missing and exploited children, and to provide information about Wisconsin's Amber Alert system and about the resources and services available to Wisconsin citizens through the Wisconsin Clearinghouse.
On August 1, 2014, Wisconsin’s new Silver Alert law took effect and is an important step in protecting those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia who may become missing. Similar to an Amber Alert, Silver Alerts will go out through email, text message, or fax using the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. In partnership with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Outdoor Advertising Association of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Silver Alerts may be broadcast through television and radio, digital billboards, and lottery display terminals. Silver Alerts will not utilize the Emergency Alert System. The Silver Alert legislation requires law enforcement to issue a Silver Alert when the following criteria are met:
- The missing person is 60 years of age or older.
- The missing person is believed to have Alzheimer's, Dementia, or another permanent cognitive impairment which poses a threat to their health and safety.
- There is reasonable belief that the missing person’s disappearance is due to their impaired cognitive condition.
- The Silver Alert request is made within 72 hours of the individual’s disappearance.
- There is sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the missing person.
- The missing person has been entered into NCIC.
Businesses and the public can sign up to receive Silver Alerts at www.wisconsincrimealert.gov at no cost.
Technical Services Unit (TSU)
DCI’s Technical Services Unit provides specialized investigative, tactical and surveillance support to federal, state, local, tribal and campus law enforcement partners across the state on a wide range of criminal cases. Equipment used by TSU is often cost-prohibitive for other law enforcement partners to own and maintain. These tools are offered to law enforcement free of charge with few exceptions. Beyond provision of the surveillance equipment, TSU plays a support role to its law enforcement partners.
The Threat Liaison Officer (TLO) and Fusion Liaison Officer (FLO) programs provide for one or more points of contact within partner agencies to act as conduits for information sharing with the WSIC. TLOs and FLOs function as the “eyes and ears” of the fusion center in the field. The effective and timely analysis of credible threat information depends heavily on the capabilities of each TLO or FLO and the support from their parent agencies. Each TLO and FLO is trained to recognize and evaluate potential terrorist activity and the proper actions to take.
Wisconsin Crime Alert Network
Law enforcement now has a tool to keep you informed, the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Join over 10,000 Wisconsin citizens, businesses and law enforcement officers using the network.
Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC)/Homeland Security
The Wisconsin Statewide Intelligence Center (WSIC), Wisconsin’s designated primary intelligence fusion center, was formed after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommended that fusion centers be built in every state. WSIC serves as a focal point for information sharing in the state and local environment. WSIC works closely with federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement partners along with fire service, emergency management, public health, military and private sector security agencies. WSIC maintains sophisticated information gathering and sharing networks statewide and routinely delivers intelligence briefings for the Governor, top law enforcement officials and partner agency heads throughout Wisconsin.