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ISRI forms advisory council to battle metals theft

Keywords: Tags  Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, ISRI, Law Enforcement Advisory Council, scrap, metals theft, Robin Wiener, RenEarl Bowie, Fred Burmester Aaron Kennard

NEW YORK — The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) has created a Law Enforcement Advisory Council to help with the development of a "comprehensive program" to address metals theft.

The council is comprised of "law enforcement officers, prosecutors and security personnel from around the country with an understanding of the metals theft issue," ISRI said in statement Jan. 23, adding that the new body will advise in developing an anti-metals theft program that will include "a multilayered training program to assist law enforcement."

ISRI said the group held its first organizational meeting last week in Washington.

The establishment of the council is part of an "advanced, comprehensive approach by the industry to address the problem of metals theft through training and greater outreach efforts," ISRI president Robin Wiener said in a statement.

Among the individuals serving on the council are RenEarl Bowie, assistant director of the Texas Department of Public Safety; Fred Burmester, deputy district attorney of Salt Lake County in Utah; Aaron D. Kennard, executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association; and Hugh T. Clements Jr., police chief for Providence, R.I.

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