Characteristics of an ORC Investigator

ORC Investigators are uniquely qualified and should possess distinctive attributes. Besides the technical skills required for the role, the successful ORC investigator has the keen ability to elicit information from a wide variety of witnesses, subjects, and victims during the course of an investigation. ORC Investigators are impartial, truthful, and their integrity must always remain above reproach. They are able to ascertain facts and to report on them accurately.

The ORC investigator is part criminologist, part investigator, part attorney, and part forensic analyst.

ORC investigators must be effective with people. They are able to motivate and influence individuals to be helpful during the course of the investigation. This is very important because the ORC investigator is likely to only have a few moments of time with an individual for a very specific purpose and then the opportunity is lost. Also, the ability to communicate effectively with different types of people is absolutely essential. No two people are alike and the ORC investigator’s role is to be able to relate and rationalize appropriately with subjects on an individual, case by case, basis.

Lastly, it is important that ORC investigators are able to simplify organized retail crime investigations so that others understand them. ORC investigations often involve complex fraud schemes and networks of individuals, but in reality, most ORC investigations are rather simple. It is most often the method of concealment that creates the illusion of complexity.


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