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.
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
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
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.
of GRAORCA / GROC
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.