The number of organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) has grown steadily in recent years, with a primary emphasis on assisting law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors with the identification, investigation, and prosecution of those involved in organized retail crime.
In response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the country, there has been an increased effort on the part of retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local, state, and regional levels.
Organized retail crime associations have helped provide that vehicle, opening doors to improve legislation, enhance investigations, and build cooperative relationships in the battle against organized retail crime.
Organized retail crime involves the association of two or more individuals engaged in illegally obtaining retail merchandise, data, and/or other resources in substantial quantities through both theft and fraud as part of an unlawful commercial enterprise. The primary objective of these professional crime rings is to steal for the purpose of turning retail products into financial gain rather than personal use. With the global reach of technology these goals have only continued to expand, and can impact almost every resource within the retail enterprise.
The objectives of organized retail crime associations could include, but are not limited to:
- Providing a web-based platform for organized retail crime information and intelligence-sharing between retail investigators and law enforcement
- Facilitating meetings, seminars, webinars, and conferences specific to ORC-related topics
- Providing a forum for networking and collaboration between retailers, law enforcement, and other partners involved in combatting ORC-related issues at the local, regional, and national levels
- Supporting law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors by providing continuing education through various training opportunities
- Educating the general public on organized retail crime issues, to include victim prevention, response, and awareness.
Successful organized retail crime associations are typically independent, multi-jurisdictional, customer-centric, and a recognized non-profit to be best positioned to lead the public/private partnership and combat organized retail crime.
With a primary mission to communicate effectively, work together, and share resources, ORCAs need to cultivate good partnerships, high levels of cooperation, and a strong commitment from everyone involved in order to be most effective.
To learn more about these organized retail crime associations and the role they play in supporting the retail loss prevention industry and the law enforcement community, contact those found in your area from the list below:
Alaska Organized Retail Crime Alliance (AKORCA)
Arizona Organized Retail Crime Association (AZORCA)
Arkansas Organized Retail Crime Association (AORCA)
California Organized Retail Crimes Association (CAL-ORCA)
Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA)
Central New York Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CNYORCA)
Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR)
Collier County Organized Retail Theft Association (Florida)
Colorado Organized Retail Crime Alliance (COORCA)
Cook County (Illinois) Regional Organized Crime Task Force (CCROC)
Florida Organized Retail Crime Association (FLAORCA)
Georgia Retailers Organized Crime Alliance (GROC)
Hawaii Organized Retail Crime Alliance (HIORCA)
Indiana Regional Organized Crime Coalition (INDIANAROC)
Kentucky Organized Retail Crime Association (KYORCA)
METRORCA – NY, NJ, PA Metro Area Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Mid-Atlantic Organized Retail Crime Alliance (MAORCA)
Minnesota Organized Retail Crime Association (MNORCA)
Montana Organized Retail Crime Alliance (MTORCA)
National Anti-Organized Retail Crime Association (NAORCA)
New England Organized Retail Crime Alliance (NEORCA)
Nevada Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Ohio Regional Organized Crime Coalition (OROCC)
Oklahoma Organized Retail Crime Association (OKORCA)
Organized Retail Crime Association of Idaho (ORCAID)
Organized Retail Crime Association of Oregon (ORCAOR)
San Diego Organized Retail Crime Alliance (SDORCA)
Texas Organized Retail Crime Association (TEXASORCA)
Utah Organized Retail Crime Association (UTORCA)
Washington State Organized Retail Alliance (WSORCA)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
United States Secret Service
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
United States Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
United States Postal Inspection Service
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