The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, D.C., has announced the creation of a Law Enforcement Advisory Council, what it calls a select group of experienced law enforcement officers, prosecutors and security personnel from around the country with an understanding of the metals theft issue.
ISRI says the new council will provide the association with advice in developing a comprehensive program to address metals theft, including a multilayered training program to assist law enforcement. The group held its first organizational meeting in late January 2014 in Washington.
“The recycling industry has long been on the frontlines as part of the solution to metals theft, working closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to deter crime and creating a nationwide scrap theft reporting system to help in the investigation and capture of thieves,” says Robin Wiener, ISRI president. “The establishment of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council is part of an even more advanced, comprehensive approach by the industry to address the problem of metals theft through training and greater outreach efforts. We look forward to working closely with this esteemed group of law enforcement professionals and relying on their expertise to design an outreach and training program to effectively assist local law enforcement in combating metals theft.”
Members of the Law Enforcement Advisory Council include:
- Rick Arrington of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Law Enforcement - Crime Prevention, Richmond, Va.;
- RenEarl Bowie, assistant director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, Texas;
- Willis Allan Brown, Union Pacific, Colorado Division Director of Police, Denver;
- Fred Burmester , deputy district attorney of Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City;
- Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr., police chief, Providence, R.I.;
- Terrence Cunningham, chief of police of the Wellesley Police Department, Wellesley, Mass.
- Bethanna Feist, assistant attorney general of South Dakota, Pierre, S.D.;
- David Hempen, manager of business continuity and security investigations, MidAmerican Energy Co., Des Moines, Iowa;
- Sheriff Aaron D. Kennard (retired), executive director of the National Sheriffs' Association, Alexandria, Va.; and
- Jerry Uhler, Southern California Edison/Edison International, corporate security, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.