Washington Retail (WR) has recently announced the expansion of its Public Safety & Retail Crime resources. As a part of this initiative, WR has published alternate translations of its Witness Statement Description Form, adding Español, Korean, and Chinese. These new document versions are now available from the WR website resource page.
Expanding the crime witness statement form into additional translations is a significant step in supporting victims of retail theft. Providing law enforcement with additional tools to help catch criminals can help in bringing them to justice and serve to prevent future crimes. The move also aligns with WR’s commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI).
By expanding the form into multiple languages, WR is making it more accessible for witnesses and victims who may not speak English as their first language. This ensures these individuals can report crimes accurately and provide valuable and timely information to law enforcement. The translated forms can also help bridge the communication gap between law enforcement and members of the community who are not fluent in English.
The Witness Statement Description Form is part of WR’s ongoing effort to support public safety and combat retail crime. The association has been actively involved in supporting initiatives aimed at reducing retail theft, including partnering with law enforcement agencies and the Washington Organized Retail Crime Association (WAORCA) and advocating for tougher penalties for offenders.
The expansion of the form into additional translations will help support victims of retail theft while promoting JEDI principles. WR is working to create safer communities by providing law enforcement with additional tools to catch criminals and make reporting crimes easier for witnesses and victims.