For more than three decades, the National White Collar Crime Center has worked to support state and local law enforcement efforts to prevent, investigate and prosecute economic and high-tech crime.
NW3C began its existence in 1978 as the Leviticus Project. The Project takes its name from the Biblical verse Leviticus 19:13: “Thou shall not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until morning.”
The Leviticus Project was created to conduct a formally structured and centrally coordinated multi-state investigation of a variety of crimes affecting the nation’s coal industry. Funding was provided by the federal government through a central funding pool through the so-called “multi-state projects,” which are now known as the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS).
Two decades after its establishment, the Leviticus Project Association had 31 member agencies in 20 states.
In 1991, the Project was tasked with expanding its membership (to include all traditional law enforcement agencies in all 50 states) as well as its mission. The Project would shift its focus from facilitating information-sharing to providing training, creating databases and providing analytical services to assist the membership.
To reflect its expanded mission and establish a new national identity, the Project’s name was changed to the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), effective Nov. 30, 1992.
NW3C would serve as a means to link criminal justice agencies across jurisdictional borders. NW3C would provide support for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of economic and high-tech crime through a combination of research, training and investigative support services.
Since its establishment, NW3C has progressively strengthened its commitment to its members and mission.
Today, NW3C has more than 4,000 member agencies in the U.S. and its territories as well as 15 other countries throughout the world.