(Washington, DC) – The
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced a
partnership with the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) to make
available through the RISS network. The agreement provides access to
the alert system to the more than 117,000 law enforcement officers in
almost 9,000 agencies that are members of RISS.
was created by the recycling industry as a way of assisting law
enforcement in solving crimes involving materials theft,” said Robin
Wiener, president of ISRI. “Since its inception, it has become a
successful tool, not only in apprehending criminals, but as a way of
sharing valuable intelligence related to crimes across jurisdiction. We
are extremely pleased that this partnership will further strengthen the
relationship between recyclers and law enforcement and provide needed
resources to combat materials theft.”
is a free online alert system that allows registered users to send
broadcast email alerts out to 100 mile radius of a theft (the area can
be expanded if needed). Detailed descriptions and photos can be uploaded
so nearby recycling facilities can be on the lookout for stolen
materials. In addition, it contains enhanced search features for vetted
law enforcement officials. Since its launch in 2008, there have been
more than 18,500 alerts issued by more than 21,000 active users. The
system has helped recover more than $2.1 million in property.
the use of RISS technology and a great partnership with ISRI, we are
able to assist in the expanded access to ScrapTheftAlert.com to
the nation's law enforcement. We are pleased and proud to be a part of
this important project,” said Chairman of the RISS Director's
Association and Executive Director of the New England State Police
Information Network (NESPIN) Donald Kennedy.
receives funding from Congress and is administered by the U.S.
Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. It provides
investigative and intelligence support services and information sharing
networks to thousands of local, state, federal, and tribal criminal
justice agencies. It consists of six regional centers and the RISS
Technology Support Center.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than
1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and 35 countries that
process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper,
plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters
in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety
and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role
recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and
sustainable development. Generating nearly $117 billion annually in U.S.
economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a
million Americans with good jobs.