Fraternal Order of Police Supports INFORM Consumers Act

Legislation would help combat organized retail crime

This week the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, sent a letter to Congress urging passage of the INFORM Consumers Act to help crack down on counterfeit and stolen goods sold online. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Senior Executive Vice President, Retail Operations Lisa LaBruno issued the following statement in response.
“Law enforcement officials across the country are working together to combat the threat of organized retail crime (ORC). Retailers are working with local prosecutors, state Attorneys General and federal agencies to target the criminal rings fencing millions in stolen products from local retailers—and in many cases using the proceeds of those sales to fund larger criminal enterprises from gun running to human trafficking.   
“Support from the Fraternal Order of Police for the INFORM Consumers Act shows just how important online transparency is to tackling this problem. Today, criminals can easily hide behind screennames and fake business information, making it harder to track and harder to prosecute. This anonymity has led to an explosion of stolen goods sold online, and the only way to reverse this trend is to start with basic transparency. Transparency and collaboration between law enforcement and retailers are the keys to fighting ORC. Today, FOP has endorsed both, and it is a huge step forward in this fight.”

RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.
  • Organized Retail Crime
  • Asset Protection
  • Keeping Communities Safe
  • Public Policy

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