We’re excited to share news of another successful Organized Retail Crime Blitz facilitated by the Georgia Retailers and the Georgia Retailers Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GROC). Recently, 18 retailers partnered with the Douglasville Police Department to conduct an intense two-day operation combating organized retail crime within that city. This was accomplished by concentrating law enforcement and loss prevention professionals within specific retail corridors with the aim of stopping and deterring retail crime.
In addition to the personnel involved in conducting the blitz, we were also joined by Tommy Ratchford and Javier Pico, two attorneys in Governor Brian Kemp's Office of Executive Counsel. They were there to observe and learned first hand from loss prevention professionals the struggles that our members face from the retail criminals themselves (including getting to observe a shoplifting apprehension in real time), the depth and complexity of ORC in the real world, and how we partner with law enforcement and prosecutors to fight it, as well as the difficulties our members sometimes face in prosecuting these cases in Georgia.
We would like to thank everyone involved for this successful exercise, of which we will have more in the future. The results are below and they speak for themselves: