|Roseville Police Department||1051 Junction Blvd.|
Roseville, CA 95678
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #14-12|
|Subject :||Roseville Police and retailers fight organized crime and promote safe shopping environments|
|Contact :||Dee Dee Gunther, Police Public Information Officer (916)774-5015/257-1942|
|Tomorrow hundreds of retail loss-prevention experts and law enforcement representatives from throughout northern California are meeting in Roseville to discuss fraud, shoplifting, and other organized retail crimes that drive up costs for businesses and customers alike.|
In 2011, the Roseville Police Department helped start the Northern California Organized Retail Crime Association (NCORCA). The organization has grown to 270 members, including retail loss-prevention professionals and law enforcement agencies from the Sacramento Valley to the Oregon border. The members share information regularly about organized shoplifting crews, robbery series, and frequent or emerging fraud schemes. Roseville Police volunteer Al Moody has been the coordinator for the association since its inception.
NCORCA's annual symposium meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 24, at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive in Roseville. Featured speakers include Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn; Placer County District Attorney Scott Owen; Robert Hill of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Special Agent Anitra Chiles of the USDA, who will talk about food stamp fraud; Wes Drone of the FBI on cybercrimes; and Greg Brumley and Paul LeBlanc of OuterWall and CoinStar.
Roseville is a natural hub in the battle against organized retail crime. Roseville is the 45th biggest city in California, but ranks 13th in the state with $2.8 billion in annual retail sales.
Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn said, "I'm very happy to welcome the retail loss-prevention community to Roseville. We have a "one team" philosophy in the City of Roseville--all of us working together with the community to improve the quality of life in our city. NCORCA gives us a chance to share our knowledge and experience, and also to benefit from the experiences of the other members."
West Sacramento-based supermarket chain Raley's is an active member of NCORCA. Andrew Grant, Raley's Senior Director of Asset Protection, Risk & Safety, said: "Raley's Family of Fine Stores is proud to partner with the NCORCA and commends their efforts in furthering loss-prevention efforts in our community. The symposium is an important education tool and networking opportunity for law enforcement and retailers alike. Organized retail crime is sophisticated, widespread and very costly. NCORCA is an important part of our partnership with law enforcement, allowing for detailed information-sharing between us, other retailers, and criminal investigators. We use NCORCA daily and have solved or supported many successful cases that put organized retail-crime rings behind bars. We would encourage all businesses in our community to join NCORCA and to work together to fight crime."
Loss-prevention professionals and business managers interested in joining NCORCA may email coordinator Al Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org .