Michael Slauson, Chief Counsel
Stephanie Tuttle, Deputy Chief Counsel
Rich Austria, Special Agent in Charge
The Criminal Justice Division is the Oregon Department of Justice’s primary crime fighting weapon. The Division provides investigative, trial and training support to Oregon’s District Attorney’s and law enforcement law enforcement agencies. The Division also acts as a safety net for District Attorneys’ Offices in crisis. The Division’s prosecutors are often called upon to act as the District Attorney and perform all local prosecution functions in times of need. Finally, the Division leads or participates in several important criminal information sharing and analysis programs. The Criminal Justice Division is divided into three sections: The Special Investigations and Prosecutions Section, the Organized Crime Section and the Criminal Intelligence Section. Members of these units perform a variety of investigation, prosecution and analytical roles, some of which are detailed below.
Special Investigations and Prosecution Section
The Special Investigations and Prosecution Section is composed of three specialty units: the District Attorney/Law Enforcement Assist Unit, The Child Exploitation Unit and the Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit.
Organized Crime Section
- District Attorney/Law Enforcement Assistance Unit: The District Attorney/Law Enforcement Assistance Unit supports law enforcement agencies and District Attorneys by investigating and prosecuting highly complex criminal cases, cases requiring specialty expertise, and cases in which the investigating agency or District Attorney has a conflict. This unit has experts in the investigation and prosecution of homicide, child exploitation, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, and domestic violence. In addition, this unit is primarily responsible for providing important training to law enforcement officers and prosecutors throughout Oregon at low or no cost.
- Child Exploitation Unit: The Child Exploitation Unit focuses on identifying, investigating, prosecuting and preventing crimes relating to the sexual exploitation of children. The Child Exploitation unit is comprised of an anti-human trafficking initiative and the Oregon Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The human trafficking initiative focuses on the commercial sexual exploitation of children outside of the Portland metropolitan area. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force focuses on investigating, prosecuting and preventing the sexual exploitation of children on the internet. In addition to case work, members of the Child Exploitation Unit conduct statewide trainings for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, schools and parents.
- Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit: This unit investigates suspicious social security disability claims. The unit’s mission is to obtain evidence that can resolve questions of fraud before benefits are ever paid. The Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit is consistently on of the highest performing units in the nation.
: The Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting organized crime and allegations of public officials involved in corruption or malfeasance. To that end, the Division has special agents, prosecutors, and analysts who specialize in identifying and combating such crimes.
In addition, the Division has specialized equipment and trained personnel to conduct wiretap investigations against organized crime groups. These investigations are highly effective at disrupting and dismantling criminal organizations.Criminal Intelligence Section
: The ability to gather and analyze information about criminals and their organizations is invaluable to law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Intelligence Section facilitates the analysis and sharing of criminal information with local, state and national law enforcement agencies. The Criminal Intelligence Section is composed of the Oregon TITAN Fusion Center, the Oregon HIDTA Investigation Service Center, and the Oregon HIDTA Watch Center.
- Oregon TITAN Fusion Center: The Fusion Center is Oregon’s focal point for receiving, analyzing, gathering, and sharing threat-related information in order to better detect, prevent, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity. The Fusion Center is composed of staff from the Criminal Justice Division and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.
The Fusion Center produces threat assessments, officer safety bulletins, general crime bulletins and terrorism related bulletins. In addition, the Fusion Center is a critical component of the state’s critical infrastructure review process. The Fusion Center also provides criminal analysts to assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with criminal investigations. Finally, the Center provides important training to law enforcement agencies, businesses and first responders about active shooters and the latest terrorist trends, techniques and procedures.
- High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Investigation Service Center: The Investigation Service Center is a co-located multi-agency program. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and coordinate the exchange of criminal intelligence information, and provide analytical support.
- High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Watch Center: The Watch Center’s primary mission is to enhance officer safety through deconfliction for the designated HIDTA counties. Watch Center analysts also provide tactical analytical support to law enforcement officers throughout Oregon.
Given the explosive growth and complexity of crime in this state over the last decade, the problems confronting the state's law enforcement agencies have become more sophisticated and more intractable. As a result, the services provided by the Criminal Justice Division are all the more crucial. Indeed, in many instances, the Criminal Justice Division is the only agency that can provide essential services