7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill directs the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety
10 to create a multi-agency joint strike force and the Joint Organized Retail Crime Unit to
11 combat certain crimes.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 ▸ directs the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety to
15 create and coordinate a multi-agency joint strike force to combat crimes that may
16 have a negative impact on the state's economy;
17 ▸ directs the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety to
18 establish the Joint Organized Retail Crime Unit; and
19 ▸ establishes reporting requirements.
20 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 67-5-36, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 67-5-36 is enacted to read:
30 67-5-36. Multi-agency joint strike force -- Joint Organized Retail Crime Unit.
31 (1) The Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Public Safety shall
32 create and coordinate the operation of a multi-agency joint strike force to combat criminal
33 activity that may have a negative impact on the state's economy.
34 (2) The attorney general and the Department of Public Safety shall invite federal, state,
35 and local law enforcement personnel to participate in the joint strike force to more effectively
36 utilize their combined skills, expertise, and resources.
37 (3) The joint strike force shall focus the joint strike force's efforts on detecting,
38 investigating, deterring, and eradicating criminal activity, described in Subsection (1), within
39 the state, including organized retail crime, antitrust violations, intellectual property rights
40 violations, gambling, and the purchase of stolen goods for the purpose of reselling the stolen
41 goods for profit.
42 (4) In conjunction with the joint strike force, the Office of the Attorney General and the
43 Department of Public Safety shall establish the Joint Organized Retail Crime Unit for the
44 purpose of:
45 (a) investigating, apprehending, and prosecuting individuals or entities that participate
46 in the purchase, sale, or distribution of stolen property; and
47 (b) targeting individuals or entities that commit theft and other property crimes for
48 financial gain.
49 (5) The joint strike force shall provide an annual report to the Law Enforcement and
50 Criminal Justice Interim Committee before December 1 that describes the joint strike force's
51 activities and any recommendations for modifications to this section.