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Tools: Law Enforcement

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Danielle Waterfield
Sr. Director, Government Relations / Asst General Counsel
daniellewaterfield@isri.org
(202) 662-8516


Brady Mills
Director of Law Enforcement Outreach
bradymills@isri.org
(202) 662-8526

Tools for Law Enforcement

The most effective way to address the problem of metals theft is through a comprehensive strategy focusing first on prevention to the maximum extent practicable and second on assisting law enforcement and prosecutors in their efforts to catch, prosecute, and penalize those who perpetrate these thefts to the extent necessary to dissuade their colleagues from a similar path.

Glossary of Common Materials Processed by Recycling Companies

Search through a comprehensive glossary of common materials processed by recycling companies across the country. These codes, based on the ISRI Specifications Guide, will help law enforcement with materials identification.

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BOLO News

Subscribe to, or learn more about, ISRI’s monthly newsletter that shares success stories and other information that may be pertinent in the ongoing fight against metals theft.

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State Metals Theft Law Database

Created as a public resource for legislators, law enforcement, recyclers, and other interested parties, the State Metals Theft Law Database helps visitors understand the laws with pre-made or custom reports on the provisions and states that interest them. This resource has been highlighted by the National Conference of State Legislatures as an incredibly comprehensive and useful source of information.

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Law Enforcement Advisory Council Established

In 2013, ISRI created a Law Enforcement Advisory Council (LEAC), a select group of experienced law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and security personnel from around the country with an understanding of the metals theft issue. The Council is advising ISRI in the development of a comprehensive program to address metals theft, including a multi-layered training program to assist law enforcement. The LEAC is part of an even more advanced, comprehensive approach by the recycling industry to address the problem of metals theft through training and greater outreach efforts.

The following individuals currently serve on ISRI’s Law Enforcement Advisory Council:

  • Rick Arrington CPS, NCPS II – Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Law Enforcement - Crime Prevention, Richmond, VA
  • Jay Alexander – Major, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX
  • Fred Burmester – Deputy District Attorney – Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Terrence Cunningham – IACP Vice President, Chief of Police, Wellesley Police Department, Wellesley, MA
  • Phil Carlson – Assist. Attorney General. Division of Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General's Office State of South Dakota, Pierre, SD
  • David Hempen – Manager, Business Continuity and Security Investigations, MidAmerican Energy Company, Des Moines, IA
  • Jerry Uhler – Southern California Edison/Edison International, Corporate Security, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Troy Cash – Sergeant, Anne Arundel County (MD) Police Department, Metals Theft Unit

USPS Got it? Return It! Poster

To combat the important issue of metals theft, ISRI has developed www.ScrapTheftAlert.com, an online theft alert system that is available to law enforcement, recyclers, and property owners - free of charge.

Learn how to use www.ScrapTheftAlert.com, a free-of-charge online theft alert system that is available to law enforcement, recyclers, and property owners.