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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.