August 19th, 2015:
A Great Day In the Battle Against ORC In GA!
By Chad McManus, Regional Loss Prevention Manager for T-Mobile
The Georgia Retail Association Organized
Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA), held its fifth annual conference at
Americas Mart in downtown Atlanta. Over 450 of the Region's top
Retail Security, Law Enforcement and Industry Vendor professionals
came together for a full day of networking, training and info
has been the tradition for the last several years, the 2015 GRAORCA
Retail Crime Conference started the day by paying tribute to Georgia
fallen officers with the Gwinnett County Sheriffs Honor Guard and
the Georgia Public Safety Pipe Band. After the moving tribute, a
moment of silence and the pledge of allegiance, Atlanta Police
Department's Chief George Turner kicked off the day by sharing his
department's vision on how important partnerships are between the
private sector and law enforcement in driving down the crime rate in
the city of Atlanta. The next distinguished guest to take the stage
was Vic Reynolds, Cobb County's District Attorney. Mr. Reynolds
continued to echo this sentiment by stressing that no retailer
(large or small) is immune to Organized Retail Crime, and the need
to partner with each other is imperative. Both Chief Turner and D.A.
Reynolds also participated in a special presentation by
OfficeMax/Office Depot involving multiple jurisdictions who worked
together to identify and arrest a major ORC ring in the Atlanta area
through the GRAORCA partnership.
The Conference Agenda was jam packed and here are a few highlights
of the break-outs and general sessions the attendees were able to
● A Leadership Panel discussion, led by Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson
(Atlanta PD), and other distinguished guests including Home Depot
Vice President of Asset Protection Shawn Blankenship, gave the crowd
an opportunity to hear it "from the top", how important it is to
communicate a clear message to your teams so that they can
effectively support the fight against ORC.
● The Loss Prevention Research Council, led by Dr. Read Hayes, was
on hand as well to take the audience through a session on applying a
scientific approach to deterrence techniques as well as best
practices for identifying and interviewing potential ORC boosters in
order to get to the source of the issue more quickly.
● Other breakout sessions included - At Risk Adult Crimes, Workplace
Violence from Within, Chip and Pin Card Security, and Emerging
Technologies in ORC.
Probably the most anticipated session of the conference was held at
the end of the day - the "Booster Offender Panel". Four "actual"
boosters provided the audience with a detailed perspective on how
they select their targets, what motivates them to steal and what
deters them from an attempt. This was a first of its kind session
for many of the attendees and the audience was very receptive,
inquisitive and full of questions for the offenders.
the conclusion of the conference, as always the attendees checked
their raffle tickets for some great prizes donated by many of the
key sponsors for the 2015 Conference. All proceeds from the raffle
purchases were provided to Care for Cops Fallen Officers Fund.
Members of the Georgia Retail Association Loss Prevention Council
also announced news of a brand new partnership with the Criminal
Justice Department of Kennesaw State University. As part of the
mission of continuing education, a scholarship fund was set up to
help students interested in pursuing a Loss Prevention career. There
was also a special presentation made by GRAORCA for the Partnership
of the Year award. The GRAORCA Partnership of the Year Award was
created to recognize a Loss Prevention Professional and Law
Enforcement Officer whose investigation has made a positive impact
to help protect their company, the community, and industry. The
award winners demonstrated a collaborative effort of joint planning,
joint implementation, and a dynamic relationship based on mutually
agreed objectives and common goals. This year's award was presented
to Rory Stallard from The Home Depot, Patrick Fairley from Toy's 'R
Us, and Detective Jennie Garner from the DeKalb County Police
department for their collaboration and exceptional case work
resulting in a successful ORC case closure.
In conclusion, the 2015 GRAORCA Retail Crime Conference was the
highest attended event in the 5 year history. The Georgia Retail
Association and Georgia Retail Association Loss Prevention Council
would like to thank all the vendors, attendees, and support partners
for a great event and we are all looking forward to seeing what the
2016 annual conference brings to the state of Georgia.
For more information on the event, including additional pictures and
sponsor listing please visit
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