The National Retail Federation on Tuesday recognized those professionals whose work has had a significant impact in the loss prevention industry over the past year at an awards ceremony held at its Loss Prevention Conference and Expo in Atlanta.
Receiving the award for LP Case of the Year, which recognizes LP professionals whose work on an investigation had a substantial on the local community, went to Jim Carson and Michael Chapman, security executives for watch retailer Tourneau. Both Carson, director of loss prevention, and Chapman, vice president of operation and security, worked on an investigation that broke up a retail crime syndicate in California.
Chris Rollan, a detective with the Helena Police Department in Alabama, received the NRF’s Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award. Rollan’s work help stop a man who is believed to be responsible for a string of armed robberies of Winn-Dixie grocery stores across the state.
The NRF also handed out special recognition awards to three people at the show including John Heavener, president of the Georgia Retailers Association, Ray Schultz, chief of police for the Albuquerque Police Department in New Mexico and Capt. Bill Williams of the Los Angeles’ Police Department’s commercial crimes division. Jim Lee, executive editor of Loss Prevention magazine, was named to the NRF Ring of Excellence, which recognizes pioneers in the LP industry.