WSORCA - Washington State Organized Retail Crime Association


What is Organized Retail Crime?

Organized Retail Crime (ORC) is an organized effort by two or more persons to convert illegally obtained merchandise or cash into financial gain through theft or fraud. This usually involves the theft of multiple quantities of similar products or thefts from multiple stores, multiple jurisdictions or multiple states.

Organized retail theft is a "gateway crime that often leads us to major crime rings that use the illicit proceeds to fund other crimes-such as organized crime activities, health care fraud, money laundering, and potentially even terrorism." FBI Special Agent Eric Ives, Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Unit

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retailers operate more than 3.5 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Law Enforcement / Private Sector Partnership

"The use of the task force approach to combating crime, coupled with successful partnerships within industry, is seen by the FBI as one of the most effective and efficient tools by which to identify, disrupt and dismantle any criminal enterprise. That strategy is working."  - Dave Johnson, Section Chief, Criminal Investigation Division, FBI

A True Crime-Fighting Partnership

The mission of WSORCA is to provide a forum to align Private Sector & Law Enforcement professionals throughout the state of Washington & jointly develop awareness to crime trends impacting our communities.

Retailer and Merchant Liability Protection in Washington State

Merchants and other parties who create a database of individuals who have been apprehended in the process of committing a property crime, assessed a civil fine or penalty for committing a property crime or convicted of a property crime are not subject to civil fines or penalties for sharing information from the database with other merchants, law enforcement officials or legal professionals. Per RCW 4.24.340 The purpose of RCW 4.24.500 through 4.24.520 is to protect individuals who make good-faith reports to appropriate governmental bodies.

Revised Code of Washington protection laws to reference: RCW 4.24.220, RCW 4.24.230, RCW 4.24.340, RCW 4.24.350, RCW 4.24.500, RCW 4.24.520. 

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Legislation Addressing 2015 State v Larson Supreme Court Decision
Theft with Special Circumstances
2/15/18 4:16 PM
Thanks to the hard work of WSORCA members a revision to RCW 9A.56.360 has been passed into law, again allowing more flexibility in charging for Theft with Special Circumstances. [More]