Tools: Prosecutors

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Todd Foreman
Director of Law Enforcement Outreach
(202) 662-8526

Tools for Prosecutors

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.

Metals Theft Evidence Checklist

A guide to what evidence is crucial for building a successful metals theft case.



Access a listing of frequently asked questions related to the fight against metals theft.


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.


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.


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, Crime Prevention Center, Hardy, VA
  • Robin Bleich, Niagara Regional Police Services, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Fred Burmester, Deputy District Attorney, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Greg Champagne, Sheriff, St, Charles Parish, Louisiana
  • Terrence Cunningham, Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Alexandria, VA
  • Jason Hester, Assistant Chief, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX
  • James Saunders, Director of Corporate Security, MidAmerican Energy Company, Des Moines, IA
  • Jerry Uhler, Corporate Security, Southern California Edison/Edison International, Rancho Cucamonga, CA


A Letter from Brad D. Schimel
District Attorney, Waukesha County, WI


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

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