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2012 WSORCA Training Conference Recap

By Scott Stanley
President/Founder of WSORCA

The 2012 Washington State Organized Retail Crime Alliance Training Conference held on October 18 at Burien, Washington was attended by 389 attendees. The day was jam packed with information provided by our guest speakers.

The day opened with a welcome from Scott Stanley, the founder of WSORCA and a welcome address from the King County Sheriff and the director of the Criminal Justice Training Commission. The senior director of Global Security for Microsoft talked about the importance of the public/private partnership. This led to the first instructional block provided by an Assistant US Attorney, a King County Superior Court Prosecutor and the chief of the criminal division of the Seattle City Attorneys Office.

Scott StanleyWe had a case study and analysis from the officers of the Renton PD, who handled a large ORC case in Western Washington. Then the SSA in charge of the FBI’S ORC Task Force talked with conference attendees on the economic impact of ORC, the crossover crimes and the impact of Cargo Theft on ORC. This was followed by a presentation from the media (Q13 Fox) on the partnerships we have created on dealing with ORC and how the local show Washington’s Most Wanted has assisted WSORCA on finding these felons.

We then had a presentation on the newest trends in ORC and the most desired products from representatives from Sports Authority, QFC, and Target. We had a presentation on using technology for combat Organized Retail Crime from a local security company, and then went into a presentation on pharmaceuticals and ORC from Walgreens. Our last block of instruction was from the USPS, Secret Service and the Washington Attorney Generals Office on what they can do to help with investigations. We closed out the conference with our keynote speaker, the Sheriff of Thurston County, Washington.

We handed out the first ever WSORCA awards for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Retail Loss Prevention Officer of the Year, Dedicated Service Award and two WSORCA Special Awards.

The conference was free of charge for attendees due to the extreme generosity of our retail partners. All conference attendees got morning pastries, coffee, juice, lunch, afternoon snacks, handouts, pens and many other gifts during our raffles we conducted through the day.

Overall we believe the conference was a huge success and appreciated by all.

President Obama signs legislation on organized retail crime. The Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety Act of 2012, as known as the "SAFE DOSES Act" was signed into law earlier this month by the President, after it unanimously passed the Senate late last month. "This legislation empowers law enforcement to combat the serious problem of organized theft of medical products and bring down these illegal operations." says Steve Anderson, National Association of Chain Drug Stores president and chief executive officer. Click here to read the bill. (Source

Jacksonville police searching for suspect in retail thefts We're learning about a series of grand thefts at retail stores around Jacksonville. The suspect, Mark Chrisley has hit Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy stores in the Jacksonville area. Police say the suspect takes electronics such as game consoles and laptop computers and runs from the store without paying. (Source

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