The Georgia Retailers Organized Crime Alliance is a true crime-fighting partnership!
The Georgia Retailers Organized Crime Alliance (GROC) is a statewide crime-fighting partnership. The GROC Alliance allows retailers, corporate security investigators and law enforcement agencies to communicate about criminal activity impacting business on a real-time basis, while preventing other partners from being victimized. The searchable website and its mapping capabilities are focused on providing a statewide real-time crime alert system. Through this collaborative partnership, law enforcement and the business community are able to identify offenders and resolve cases, all while developing new partnerships and innovative ways to combat Organized Retail Crime (ORC).
The Georgia Retailers Loss Prevention Council (GRLPC)
The Georgia Retailers Loss Prevention Council (GRLPC) is a powerful group of Loss Prevention corporate and field leaders and Law Enforcement partners within Georgia Retailers membership that have helped shape state legislation, cultivated strong partnerships with Georgia’s law enforcement community, and have donated their time, efforts and event proceeds back to the communities most impacted by organized retail crime.
The GRLPC was formed in 2010 after the successful passage of the Georgia Smash and Grab Act. This legislation was developed, lobbied and enacted into law as a direct result of a GRA- formed coalition of retail loss prevention corporate and regional leaders.
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the Georgia Retailers Loss Prevention Council (GRLPC) is to provide guidance to its membership and our Law Enforcement partners in the areas of Education, Professional Networking, Legislative Initiatives and Community Outreach.
GRLPC members’ Loss Prevention responsibilities vary within their respective companies. We have members that are senior/corporate leaders with national and global responsibilities. Other members are field and regional managers that have decision-making responsibilities within the state of Georgia.
The History of GRAORCA / GROC
The Georgia Retailers Loss Prevention Council (GRLPC) was formed in 2010 after the successful passage of the Georgia Smash and Grab act. This legislation was developed, lobbied, and enacted into law as a direct result of the GRA formed coalition of Retail Loss Prevention, Corporate and Regional leaders. The GRLPC’s mission was to provide guidance to its membership and law enforcement partners in the areas of education, professional networking, legislative initiatives and community outreach. As part of the GRLPC’s roadmap for success, establishing and maintaining an Organized Retail Crime Alliance was something the members felt was a necessary and an important step in bringing together law enforcement and retailers to help with the ever-increasing challenge of Organized Retail Crime.
In 2012, the Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance (GRAORCA) became a reality. Since its inception, GRAORCA membership has continued to grow and currently includes over 600 law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals from major retailers, specialty chains, and law enforcement jurisdictions in the state of Georgia and the surrounding Region. The platform for the alliance is graorca.org, a secure website which allows approved GRAORCA members to share intelligence relating to the businesses and communities we serve. Information includes, but is not limited to, organized theft crimes, robberies, counterfeiting, check and credit fraud, prescription fraud, identify theft and other activities perpetrated by organized crime groups. The GRAORCA website not only enables members to communicate about ORC, but also saves the information in a written and mapped format, searchable by crime and suspect type. This gives all members the ability to search the website, connect cases and establish patterns and trends. In addition, members may upload photographs and crime bulletins to share with the GRAORCA community. GRAORCA also holds a monthly forum to network and share intelligence, and provide enhanced training in regards to ORC.
As a result of the intelligence sharing and monthly forums, there have been multiple success stories. The majority of our successes have started with simple information sharing between retailers and resulted in multi- jurisdiction arrests and elimination of ORC groups.
The GRLPC and GRAORCA also look to make additional impacts in the state of Georgia. The GRLPC and GRAORCA hold an annual conference in Atlanta and this year is the 8th annual event. The annual conference brings together 400-500 Law Enforcement and Retail Security professionals for a full day of networking and training, in an effort to combat Organized Retail Crime groups that negatively impact the security and safety of the communities that we do business in. As part of the conference and mission statement of the GRLPC and GRAORCA, over $30,000 has been donated to nonprofit organizations such as the Police Athletic League of Atlanta and Care for Cops. The GRLPC and GRAORCA have also recently partnered with the Criminal Justice Department of Kennesaw State University to provide scholarships to students interested in a career in Retail Loss Prevention. GRAORCA also holds various ORC training's for law enforcement jurisdictions and leads GRAORCA “Road Shows”, most recently in Savannah where retailers and law enforcement partners held a meeting to discuss ORC impacts and partnerships outside Metro Atlanta.
During the 2018 Retail Crime Conference the GRLPC announced a name change to better coordinate with our partners at the Georgia Retailers. The mission stays the same, but GRAORCA is now GROC.