Organized trans-national groups have formed criminal enterprises to commit a variety of financial crimes. The crimes include financial schemes and scams including fencing operations, identity theft, organized retail crime, public aid fraud, cargo theft, money laundering, credit card and bank fraud. These groups victimize legitimate businesses each year for billions of dollars. The organized enterprises often operate in the form of semi-legitimate businesses that commit an ongoing and diverse series of these crimes. Each of these enterprises is connected to numerous other similar criminal enterprises that work together to facilitate these crimes. Many of these criminal enterprises finance and become a conduit for other criminal activity including violence, narcotics trafficking and other gang activity. In turn, they prevent legitimate, sustainable businesses from earning honest profits, creating jobs and growing their businesses. This activity has been documented to create increased violence and is a drain on police resources in the areas they operate, often in low income, at-risk neighborhoods and high crime areas. Further these groups have been tied to a network of criminal activity that expands around the Midwest and internationally. These groups have laundered millions of dollars abroad, some of which have gone to financing terrorist and international crime groups.

In 2010, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) created the Regional Organized Crime Task Force as a private/public partnership to battle these criminal enterprises. The private sector, often victimized by these crimes, has provided their expertise and support, while law enforcement has been able to apply their investigative skills and legal authority. The prosecutor’s office has guided these efforts. A secured website was created to share real-time intelligence on these groups to enhance the identification of offenders and the targeting of criminal enterprises. Over the last two years, the CCROC has managed thousands of alerts and hundreds of arrests. Over 1,000 CCROC members use this site representing over 140 Federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as over 100 private companies. Additionally, in 2012, as part of the CCROC initiative, the SAO drafted a new law passed in Illinois that allows higher class felony prosecution of some these cases and enhanced asset forfeiture. Through a multi-jurisdictional effort collaborating with the private sector and other law enforcement experts, the CCROC improves the investigation and prosecution of these cases and maximizes the recovery of seizures and forfeiture. In order to further this goal, the CCROC seeks to centralize intelligence and combine resources to battle these criminal enterprises.

CCROC Facility

The “ROC Center” built with the generosity of JC Penney and from contributions of our other members. The ROC Center is a 5000 sq foot Operations and Training Center. There is permanent and temporary work space for our partners. There is a training center for can house up to 175 people. There is also an operational center to work investigations, to have pre-operational meetings or post operational debriefing. It is open to use to our partners upon request.

Training Opportunities

At each Bi-Monthly meeting there will be short training on a variety of subjects. The Annual CCROC conference provides a two day conference with over twenty topics and speakers to choose from. There are also special trainings offered at no or little cost throughout the year.

CCROC Assistance

Any jurisdiction or private company who is a member of CCROC can request assistance. Often times information will be developed that may lead to an investigation or prosecution that either a company or jurisdiction does not have the resources to follow through. Information can then be provided or resources can be given to support your investigation. Please join CCROC and attend one of our bi-monthly meeting to request assistance or send us email at info@ccroc.org.

Bi Monthly Intelligence Meetings

CCROC is a combination of numerous private sector companies and federal, state and local police agencies. Bringing these groups together to share information and network is one of the critical functions of CCROC. The sharing of information should coincide with the collaboration of the investigations to be successful. Building relationships and trust among members is a significant way to best build these investigations and allow members to comfortably share information. Though much of today’s business is done in cyber space nothing can replace the building blocks created by face to face meeting. These Bi-Monthly meetings allow people to bring information and investigations to build with other private sector companies and police jurisdictions. It is a time in which a preliminary rundown of a case can be presented to prosecutors to help guide the investigations. This also gives an opportunity to provide short trainings to our members and for the specialty committees to share information that has been developed on new cases or trends. Those committees include; Law Enforcement Intelligence, Retail Intelligence; Financial Intelligence, Cargo Theft Group, Cyber Crime Committee, Insurance and Benefits Fraud Committee, Identify Theft Group, Pharmaceuticals Crimes Committee, International and Gang Groups.

Alerts System

CCROC members have the ability to use our advanced database system to post alerts that immediately are emailed to all of our members tied into the region. These alerts are in PDF form and can be printed off and distributed. The Alert information is then processed through the CCROC database in which it can be linked to other events or organizations. CCROC is also sharing information with Critical Reach which will allow all CCROC alerts to be shared with Critical Reach and vice-versa. Please join CCROC to benefit from our alert system.