JEFF MCLAUGHLIN, Chief of Investigation
CRAIG HUNTER, Assistant Chief
CAROL MONA, Assistant Chief
CLINT MCCALL, Commander
HECTOR PANTOJA, Commander
RON SEMAN, Commander
ALAN VANDERPOOL, Commander
The Bureau of Investigation is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in Orange County. The Bureau is comprised of a highly effective and proactive team of investigators and civilian personnel dedicated to enhancing public safety to more than three million residents.
Sworn members of the Bureau of Investigation are required to hold a Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) certificate, and have an average of 17 years of prior law enforcement experience from outside agencies. They provide quality and timely investigative support for the prosecutorial functions of the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA). The investigators collaborate with deputy district attorneys in the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws.
The Bureau routinely uses investigative methods and techniques to gather and evaluate evidence, obtain information through interviews and interrogations, and investigations resulting in the apprehension and prosecution of persons suspected of committing criminal offenses.
There are a wide variety of follow-up and original jurisdictional investigative assignments within the Bureau of Investigation. The core investigative units include auto insurance fraud, child abuse, consumer fraud, domestic violence, elder abuse, environmental protection, gangs, homicide, identity theft, medical insurance fraud, narcotics, sexual assault, welfare fraud, and workers’ compensation fraud.
Additionally, investigators are also assigned to specialty units including TracKRS (cold case investigations and Due Diligence), Special Assignments (including investigation of in-custody deaths, Officer Involved Shootings, highly sensitive investigations of officer misconduct, public integrity and election code violations) Intelligence Anti-Terrorism/Organized Crime, and task force units.
The Taskforce Aimed at Catching Killers, Rapists, and Sexual Offenders Unit (TracKRS) assists local law enforcement in the discovery, investigation, and apprehension of homicide and violent sexual offenders using modern technology. TracKRS assists Orange County’s law enforcement agencies in developing, coordinating, and utilizing the best available resources and provides a hands-on case information sharing, database. This information sharing tool has been developed to provide Orange County law enforcement with access to information on thousands of solved and unsolved homicides and felony sexual assault cases.
The TracKRS Unit also plays an integral part in the implementation of Proposition 69, the DNA Fingerprint Initiative. This process has greatly increased the State’s DNA database and the identification and capture of violent offenders.
The Due Diligence program, managed by the OCDA TracKRS Unit, was implemented in an attempt to organize the efforts of Orange County’s law enforcement agencies and to help ensure successful prosecution of homicide suspects who are arrested after years of evading capture.
The Special Assignments Unit has the responsibility of investigating officer-involved shootings and custodial related deaths. Additionally, the Unit conducts highly sensitive investigations of officer misconduct, public integrity, and election code violations.
Intelligence Anti-Terrorism/Organized Crime
This Unit is responsible for the gathering and reporting of information regarding the activities of subjects associated with various organized crime groups affecting Orange County. These groups included international terrorist organizations, domestic anarchist and hate groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Eurasian organized crime groups and prison gangs. The Unit accomplishes their mission through field investigations, surveillance, and cooperative efforts in joint investigations with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab (OCRCFL)
In July 2009, a Memorandum of Understanding formalized the establishment of the Nation’s 16th Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) in Orange County. An RCFL is a one-stop, full service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal investigations.
Agencies committed to staff the OCRCFL
include: the FBI, the Orange County District Attorney`s Office, the Orange County Sheriff`s Department and the Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Westminster, Newport Beach and Fullerton police departments.
The agencies cover the cost of their personnel and the FBI funds all other expenses, including on-going training to ensure the team can effectively handle the full spectrum of forensic evidence. The OCRCFL partnership includes full-time forensic examiners who will work on federal and state cases including homicide, child pornography, violent crimes, terrorism, theft or destruction of intellectual property, internet crime, and fraud.