The Jail Intelligence Unit collects and documents intelligence information on all prisoners committed to the Oneida County Jail. The Unit assesses the information’s relevance to facility and inmate safety and security, and communicates these assessments and appropriate information to other jail units and agencies. The information is utilized in housing placement, movement and transportation of inmates. The information collected also identifies subjects that are identified as being part of Security Threat Groups. Such identification is crucial to the safety and security of the correctional facility in avoiding and minimizing acts of violence between members of various Security Threat Groups (gangs/criminal organizations).
Daily activities of the unit include review of all bookings, incident reports, and inmate movement. Jail Intelligence Investigators also interviews and observes inmates and monitors surveillance equipment. Inmate gang and group activity is monitored, and tattoos, markings, graffiti and gang symbols are photographed. All pertinent information is entered in a database that is utilized for assessment and research.
In addition to its primary responsibility of security assessments, the Unit works closely with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit and with investigators from other agencies. Names, affiliations, tattoos and “jail-house” intelligence that have been gathered by the Unit have proven invaluable to the safety and security of the facility. Members of the Jail Intelligence Unit are also assigned to the Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center located in the City of Utica.
The Jail Intelligence Investigators can be contacted at (315) 765-2319. The Unit will not release any information to the public. Police and Correction authorities will be required to prove identity prior to release of information.