House Bill Promotes Law Enforcement Cooperation

Bipartisan legislation also seeks to reduce organized retail crime. 

Representative Young Kim of California introduced a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that is intended to strengthen cooperation between federal, state, and local law enforcement. Under the Improving Federal Investigations of Organized Retail Crime Act, the Attorney General and FBI, Homeland Security Secretary and Customs and Border Protection, and Postmaster General would have to submit a joint report on how “relevant federal agencies can coordinate to counter organized retail crime networks”—frequently known as the smash-and-grab robberies. 

“In my district, we see businesses victimized by organized retail crime nearly every week,” Congresswoman Kim stated. “This cannot become our new normal.” she said that nine businesses in her district had been victims of smash-and-grab theft this week alone. 

“Retail crime is a billion-dollar underground industry whose negative effects hurt businesses in Miami and across our country,” stated Representative Maria Salazar of Florida, a co-sponsor of the bill. “I’m proud to be working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to bring federal and state counterparts together in a united fight against criminals looking to chip away at the American dream.” 

Another co-sponsor, Andrew Garbarino of New York, said, “Retail crimes not only greatly impact the livelihoods of business owners big and small but can also lead to additional crime, such as the sale of stolen goods on black markets to fund drug and human trafficking crimes. Federal law enforcement needs the tools and authority to collaborate with all law enforcement agencies, coordinate a response and execute a plan of action to thwart these organized criminal efforts.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Representative Kim as she promotes the proposed law enforcement legislation.
  • For members of the House as they consider the bill to reduce criminal activity.
  • For law enforcement officers as they confront and arrest organized retail criminals.

Sources: Fox News, House of Representatives


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