Yolo DA’s “FastPass to Prosecution” Model Could Finally Put a Dent in Retail Theft

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office has unveiled a streamlined system for reporting and prosecuting shoplifting amid rising concerns over retail theft.

The new “FastPass to Prosecution” program was introduced by Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig in collaboration with major retailers like Walgreens, CVS, and Target. Under the program, retail crimes can be reported directly to the DA for expedited investigation and criminal filing.

Reisig’s office still encourages retailers to utilize 911 and police reporting when necessary. The FastPass system is merely a tool to expedite legal remedies, especially when police are too busy to respond to non-emergency calls in a timely manner.

Since the program was launched in the fall, criminal charges have been filed against 49 suspects. 60% of those were felony cases where losses exceeded $100,000.

Reisig and retail industry stakeholders hope FastPass will become a model for other jurisdictions.

“The FastPass to Prosecution project led by DA Jeff Reisig and his team in Yolo County is a perfect example of how retailers and law enforcement can collaborate to make communities safer,” said Lisa LaBruno, Sr. Executive Vice President of Retail Operations, Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Every jurisdiction in the country is struggling with limited resources and limited personnel to address the problem of organized retail crime and habitual theft. FastPass can serve as model for prosecutors across the country for how to focus the limited resources of government in partnership with retail asset protection teams to target high-profile, prolific, and violent criminal actors in the community.”

To learn more about the program, listen to Reisig’s recent interview with CapRadio.


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