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NCJ Number: 50871 Find in a Library
Title: PRIVATE FINANCING FOR 'STING' OPERATIONS
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:47  Issue:9  Dated:(SEPTEMBER 1978)  Pages:12-15
Author(s): J MAYS; H I PETERSON
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR SPECIAL POLICE FENCING OPERATIONS, SUCH AS PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS, ARE DISCUSSED, AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE POLICE IN ROCKFORD, ILL., IN OBTAINING FUNDS IS REPORTED.
Abstract: THE ROCKFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT OBTAINED FUNDS FROM A CIVIC GROUP TO ESTABLISH THE FIRST PRIVATELY FINANCED FENCING OPERATION IN THE UNITED STATES. IN THE PAST, THE PRACTICE WAS TO SECURE FUNDS FROM THE LEAA. A STUDY CONDUCTED IN THE CITY BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT'S INTELLIGENCE DIVISION SHOWED THAT THERE WAS A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF STOLEN PROPERTY BEING SOLD. ARRESTS WERE MADE AS EVIDENCE COULD BE OBTAINED AGAINST PERSONS IN POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY, BUT INVESTIGATIONS OF STOLEN PROPERTY CASES WERE LIMITED DUE TO THE CITY'S FINANCIAL POSTURE. THE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES BUREAU CONTACTED A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION, THE KIWANIS CLUB, AND A FENCING STORE KNOWN AS THE NEW AVON SWAP SHOP WAS OPENED IN 1977. THE PRIVATELY FUNDED FENCING OPERATION FOUND THAT STOLEN PROPERTY OFTEN WAS BROUGHT IN FOR SALE BEFORE THE BURGLARY HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE POLICE. NOT POSSESSING THE STOLEN PROPERTY REPORTS, THE POLICE HAD A DIFFICULT TIME DETERMINING WHAT TO BUY. THE OPERATION OF THE STORE RESULTED IN 27 INDICTMENTS, RANGING FROM BURGLARLY TO THE POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. OVER $50,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY WAS RECOVERED, AND 36 BUGLARIES AND THEFT CASES WERE RESOLVED IMMEDIATELY. SOME OF THE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY WAS SOLD AT PUBLIC AUCTION, WITH APPROXIMATELY $3,000 OF THE ORIGINAL INVESTMENT OF $7,900 RETURNED TO THE KIWANIS CLUB. AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE FENCING OPERATION WAS THE COOPERATION BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS AND CIVIC LEADERS TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNITY. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE STORE FENCING OPERATIONS ARE PROVIDED. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Burglary; Crime detection; Criminal investigation; Dealing in stolen goods; Funding sources; Illinois; Larceny/Theft; Police community relations
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