State Bureau of Investigation

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The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is the investigative arm of the Utah Department of Public Safety. SBI provides general investigative support primarily to the Utah Highway Patrol (including the UHP Criminal Interdiction Team) as well as other DPS divisions.

SBI’S STATUTORY MANDATES

Statutorily, the State Bureau of Investigation is required to do the following:

•    investigate illegal drug production, cultivation, and sales

•    investigate, follow-up, and assist in highway drug interdiction cases

•    conduct financial investigations involving suspicious cash transactions, fraud, and money laundering

•    provide assistance and specialized law enforcement services to local law enforcement agencies

•    investigate organized crime, extremist groups, and others promoting violence

•    investigate criminal activity of terrorist groups

•    cooperate and exchange information with other law enforcement agencies

•    enforce the criminal code

•    have specific responsibility for the enforcement of all laws of the state pertaining to alcoholic beverages and products

SUPPORTING UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL FIELD OPERATIONS

•    SBI’s primary customer is the UHP field sections. Agents make every effort to assist the field in all investigative needs. They strive to respond in a timely manner and be as helpful as possible. SBI commonly assists the UHP field on interdiction investigations, fatal crashes, fraud cases, asset forfeiture, violent crimes, shootings, or any other crime which is complex or time-consuming.

State Bureau of Investigation

The men and women who currently work at the State Bureau of Investigation love what they do and do it well. The administrative support personnel, agents, and supervisors all strive to be proficient, proactive, and professional. They are focused on providing valuable investigative expertise and support to the public, our department, and other law enforcement agencies.

CRIMINAL INTERDICTION EFFORTS

•    The UHP Criminal Interdiction Team and SBI interdiction investigators work hand in hand to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. The DPS interdiction program has been successful for several years and has received national recognition for the sustained success. Troopers and investigators work seamlessly and tirelessly from the inception of the traffic stop and seizure of narcotics through the investigative phase. These interdiction cases regularly result in controlled deliveries, search warrants, the seizure of drug related assets, and additional arrests all over the country.

SUPPORTING MULTI-AGENCY TASK FORCES

•    SBI meets several statutory mandates through involvement in multi-agency task forces. Agents are assigned to several task forces throughout the state dealing with drugs, gangs, terrorism, and fraud. Our agents are a resource for the task force and provide a valuable link to state resources which benefit the task force. Our agents gain experience and specialized training which benefit the agent and our department.

SUPPORTING LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

•    SBI also provides investigative assistance and case support to local law enforcement when requested. This assistance ranges from outdoor marijuana eradication to assistance on any investigation where a local agency may have a conflict of interest. SBI stands ready to assist local law enforcement and provide for their needs.

SBI’S ALCOHOL ENFORCEMENT TEAM

•    SBI has the responsibility for the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations focused on alcohol sales and consumption. SBI’s Alcohol Enforcement Team is the enforcement arm for the Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control (DABC)

– encompassing restaurants, clubs, taverns, bars, and other events permitted by DABC to sell alcohol. Agents work in plain clothes and undercover. They enforce all criminal violations encountered with a focus on service of alcohol to minors, service of alcohol to intoxicated persons, as well as other alcohol related violations. Their efforts are focused to protect the public from potential safety-related issues resulting from the sale and consumption of alcohol.

TRAINING & OPPORTUNITY

•    SBI agents are varied in experience, expertise, and responsibility. Many come to SBI with skills gained in other assignments and immediately contribute to the varied calls for service. Troopers who transfer to SBI also have the opportunity to broaden their law enforcement experience and gain valuable training and experience benefiting the department and an agent’s individual law enforcement career.

CALL FOR SERVICE

•    SBI agents regularly respond to calls for service at any hour.

It is not uncommon for multiple agents to be out in the field on a given night working several varied investigations simultaneously. On a recent night, agents were working an interdiction investigation, an assault, a fraud, and a fatal crash. While this was occurring, the Alcohol Enforcement Team was conducting surveillance on a club and conducting a Covert Underage Buyer (CUB) operation. SBI agents carry large case loads and are mission focused.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE/TECHNOLOGY

•    Agents have access to various tools to more effectively investigate crimes. Cell phone data extraction equipment,

GPS trackers, facial recognition software, and other technology related tools allow agents to track criminals, exploit data, and identify suspects involved in various crimes. SBI also works closely with the intelligence analysts at the Statewide Information & Analysis Center (SIAC). These intelligence analysts provide invaluable case support and intelligence to assist agents in solving crimes.

DESIRE TO SERVE

•    The men and women who currently work at the State Bureau of Investigation love what they do and do it well. The administrative support personnel, agents, and supervisors all strive to be proficient, proactive, and professional. They are focused on providing valuable investigative expertise and support to the public, our department, and other law enforcement agencies.