Curt Crum is a CID special services manager for the Boise Police Department, where he has spent his entire career. Crum also serves as the president of the board for the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR), a nonprofit association emphasizing partnerships among public and private-sector members with the goal of improving community safety and advancing the security and protection industries.
In the latest issue of LPM Online, Crum speaks with Executive Editor Jim Lee about real concerns surrounding the issue of organized retail crime (ORC) and why law enforcement-loss prevention partnerships are vital in addressing criminal activity. From the article:
Organized retail crime is a community concern, and we need to work together. The organized retail crime associations create that hub of the wheel. You’ve got one central location where people are putting together information for the benefit of all. Once you put information into the system, it puts out an email to everyone tied to the ORCA in real time. Because these same groups will hit many different retailers, we’re often able to consolidate data and build a bank of details that really helps nail down critical information on those involved. It allows us to start connecting the dots.
Having that hub—that repository of information in one central location—it really helps to bring investigations together. There’s a tremendous amount of value that this brings for everyone, for both law enforcement and our loss prevention partners.
Learn more about Crum’s professional journey and his lessons learned when it comes to the development of these working partnerships in “Organized Retail Crime is a Community Concern.”
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This post was originally published in 2018 and was updated January 22, 2018.