2012 WSORCA Training Conference Recap
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
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.
We 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,
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.
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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