The Bureau has investigative staff assigned to various task forces and specialized teams such as the regional Gang Task Force (GTF), Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement/Internet Crimes Against Children (SAFE/ICAC), Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) and Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID), among others.
AB-109 Post-Release Accountability Compliance Team
As a result of legislation which went into effect on Oct. 1, 2011, commonly known as Public Safety Realignment, or Assembly Bill 109, offenders convicted of non-serious, non-violent, and non-registerable sex crimes are now being incarcerated in local jails instead of in state prison.
Before realignment, offenders who were released were supervised by state parole agents but now, after realignment, they are on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) by county probation officers. Because of the thousands of prisoners being released early from county jails, local law enforcement agencies created Post-Release Accountability Compliance Teams, or PACT. In Riverside County, the responsibilities of PACT have expanded to not only monitor PRCS releases from state prison but also convicted felons released from county jail on mandatory supervision. A primary mission of PACT is to work with local law enforcement agencies and the Riverside County Probation Department to direct immediate focus on those “high-risk” and/or “at-large” PRCS offenders and those on mandatory supervision from county jail who pose the greatest risk to public safety.
There are three regional Post-Release Accountability Compliance Teams in Riverside County: one each in the Central, Eastern and Western regions. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office currently has one Senior Investigator assigned to each team, as well as one deputy district attorney for all three teams.
Fugitive Apprehension Unit
The Fugitive Apprehension Unit (FAU) Task Force, which is run under the auspices of the United States Marshal’s Service, targets high-risk offenders -- including suspected murderers -- who have outstanding warrants for their arrests. The nature of this assignment and the techniques they use requires the task force members to respond immediately when needed to assist with the potential apprehension of offenders.
Gang Task Force
The emphasis of the Riverside County Gang Task Force (GTF) is the concerted enforcement of crimes involving documented gang members. Task force members assist in the investigation of gang-related shootings, gang-related homicides and other gang-related criminal activities. Law enforcement agencies throughout the county rely on investigators' gang expertise to assist them in solving crimes in their jurisdiction.
Inland Regional Corruption Task Force
The Inland Regional Corruption (IRC) Task Force is a multiple jurisdictional task force comprised of several county and federal law enforcement entities that have teamed up to investigate public corruption involving public officials in the Inland Empire. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the lead agency, while the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is providing both investigative and legal support. This task force utilizes both local and federal laws to root out corruption within government entities and prosecute offenders.
The Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab
The Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Lab (RCFL) is a one-stop, full-service forensics laboratory and training center devoted entirely to the examination of digital evidence in support of criminal and national security investigations. The FBI provides start-up and operational funding as well as training and equipment, while state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies assign personnel to staff the lab. The Riverside County DA's Office has personnel assigned to this lab. The Orange County RCFL's services are available to any law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction in Southern California.
The key goals of the RCFL program are: to provide timely, professional and technically advanced digital forensic services to the law enforcement agencies in an RCFL’s service area; fully utilize applied science and engineering capabilities to support digital forensic examinations; increase the confidence of investigators, prosecutors, and judges in the digital forensics examination discipline through standardized training and forensic protocols; provide responsive and flexible services in support of diverse investigative programs; an meet legal and administrative requirements of diverse judicial systems.
Real Estate Fraud Task Force
The Riverside County Real Estate Fraud Task Force is operated out of the DA's Office and investigates real estate fraud cases countywide. The task force investigates criminal fraud cases that effect the value or equity of real property and/or the title to real property. Many of those cases involve false, forged, or fraudulent documents recorded at the county Recorder's Office. Task Force members are the DA's Office, the county Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder, and the Cathedral City, Corona, and Murrieta police departments. The Task Force is fully funded by fees collected when documents related to real property are recorded at the county Recorder's Office. Task Force personnel are assigned to the DA's regional offices in Riverside, Indio, and Murrieta.
Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail
The Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID) is a task force responsible for pursuing organized auto theft rings. Their work includes immediate responses dictated by the perpetrators’ actions and the enforcement technics deployed by the entire task force including surveillance, search warrants, etc.
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
The Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement/Internet Crimes Against Children (SAFE/ICAC) Task Force program was created to help local, state and federal law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet and other online communication systems to sexually exploit children. There are 61 regional ICAC Task Force agencies nationwide which are funded by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. ICAC Task Forces were developed in response to an increasing number of children and teens using the Internet, the abundance of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with underage children.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is a member of the San Diego ICAC Task Force. The San Diego ICAC is comprised of various local and federal investigative and prosecuting agencies that all work together to keep children safe and hold offenders accountable.
As an affiliate member of the San Diego ICAC Task Force, the Riverside DA's SAFE/ICAC team addresses the problem of online predators by using a two-pronged system. The first way in which the problem is addressed includes identifying, arresting and prosecuting offenders. The second way in which the task force approaches the problem is by educating the public about potential risks and the safety measures available to families.
San Diego ICAC
SAFE Task Force
Special Activity Unit
The Special Activity Unit, Ready-Response Team (SAU) members have specialized training, tools and weaponry which makes them uniquely qualified to handle high-risk situations. SAU handles any emergency situation that might evolve including witness and dignitary protection details, security details involving DA staff and DA facilities as well as high-risk search warrants. They are also tasked with special projects that augment other Bureau investigative units such as the Regional Gang Task Force.
Department of Insurance Urban Auto Insurance Fraud Task Force
The Department of Insurance, Urban Auto Insurance Fraud (Urban AIF) Task Force is charged with investigating organized auto insurance fraud rings. The investigator assigned to this task force assists in those cases and also responds to suspected staged accidents.
Department of Insurance Vehicle Arson Response Team
The Department of Insurance, Vehicle Arson Response Team responds immediately to suspicious fires targeting vehicles. This immediate response is needed to evaluate potential crime scenes and to assist in collecting whatever evidence exists before it is destroyed or lost.
Department of Insurance Workers Compensation Premium Fraud Task Force
The focus of the Department of Insurance, Workers Compensation Premium Fraud Task Force is employers who intentionally misrepresent their workforce in an attempt to circumvent their true insurance exposure.