Police Chiefs’ Organization Backs Recyclers on Materials Theft

In the fall of 2018, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) passed and adopted a resolution entitled Reducing Metal Theft. The resolution highlights the positive relationship between the recycling industry and law enforcement, as well as ISRI’s ScrapTheftAlert.com system.

ISRI maintains a very important and close working relationship with the IACP, which includes a seat on the IACP’s Crime Prevention Committee. This resolution was made possible by this relationship.

The following is a statement from the President of the IACP, Chief Paul M. Cell:

“Metals theft is a very serious crime that often goes beyond just property damage. We have witnessed a precipitous increase in the number of metal thefts and in the enormity of the theft of metals. To effectively fight metals theft, cooperation and communication is needed among all stakeholders in the community. Where we have seen the most success is where recyclers and law enforcement work together. That is why the IACP adopted the Reducing Metal Theft resolution in 2018 to bring awareness to the issue, promote partnership between recyclers and law enforcement, and to encourage police to use the web-based scrap metal theft alert system by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) and others other web-based sites that are globally available to alert recyclers of stolen scrap metals.”

The IACP has more than 30,000 members worldwide and this resolution is available to each and every one of them. As ReMA continues outreach efforts with law enforcement, it is important for members to continue liaison on the local level and promote the ideals as set forth in the resolution. Should your local law enforcement not be aware of the resolution, let them know.

The full resolution can be found at IACP Reducing Metal Theft Resolution.


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