NRF honors law enforcement, industry professionals

Atlanta, June 16, 2010 - The National Retail Federation announced the recipients of the distinguished Loss Prevention Retail Partnership Award, Ring of Excellence Award, Volunteers in Action and the 2010 Loss Prevention Case of the Year at its annual Loss Prevention Conference and EXPO at the Georgia World Congress Center. These awards are given annually to deserving individuals who exhibit dedication to the profession of loss prevention and the practice of preventing, tracking and apprehending retail criminals.

2010 NRF Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award

NRF's Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Award is presented each year to individuals in the law enforcement industry who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the retail industry in its fight against retail fraud, organized retail crime and other major incidents that affect the retail industry. NRF presented this year's award to Chris Rollan, Detective, Helena Police Department, for bringing down a criminal enterprise that was terrorizing his community.

A number of Winn-Dixie grocery stores located in the Greater Birmingham, Ala., area were targeted by a criminal enterprise responsible for several armed robberies throughout 2009. During this time, the organized crime ring robbed 16 Winn-Dixie stores. These were well planned, "take over" situations with a level of sophistication and violence that terrified store associates, customers, and local police.

When a robbery occurred in his hometown, Detective Rollan recruited six other local law enforcement agencies as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Investigating every possible connection, including tracking down the manufacturer of the white gloves used by the criminals, Detective Rollan eventually tied everything together, executed a search warrant on one suspect's home and solved a heinous crime. His investigative work not only resolved the robbery in his community, but resolved 15 other violent armed robberies in neighboring cities.

2010 Loss Prevention Case of the Year

The Loss Prevention Case of the Year Award is the premier recognition program for loss prevention professionals. The award recognizes a loss prevention professional whose investigation has made a positive impact on their company, their community, and the industry at large.

Two loss prevention executives at Tourneau LLC are the winners of NRF's 2010 Loss Prevention Case of the Year award. James Carson, Director of Loss Prevention and Michael Chapman, Vice President of Operations and Security, are responsible for putting an end to a massive credit card scheme involving two of their own managers who fraudulently charged $696,000 worth of credit card purchases.

After multiple complaints and an extensive internal interview process of all store employees, Carson and Chapman engaged the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Fraud Investigation Unit and American Express Security. Through the use of video technology, interrogation techniques and cooperation with all involved parties, Carson and Chapman were able to uncover the scheme and bring to conviction several members of an area crime syndicate.

The two managers were arrested and charged with multiple felony counts for their involvement in the scheme and have been formally sentenced and ordered to pay restitution of over $600,000.

NRF Ring of Excellence

The Ring of Excellence is a premier recognition program for loss prevention professionals whose achievements and outstanding leadership have significantly shaped the industry. Distinctive accomplishments include contributions of lasting value, notable leadership, development of original ideas and outstanding service to organizations serving the retail industry. Their contributions helped build the foundation upon which many retailers rely today.

This year, NRF is inducting James "Jim" Lee who is the President of Loss Prevention Magazine. Jim spent much of his loss prevention career at reputable retailers managing their LP departments as well as serving as a solutions provider in the areas of training, awareness and consulting for the retail loss prevention industry. To read his complete bio, click here.

Special Recognition

In addition to NRF's LP Awards, three other individuals received special recognition for their efforts fighting retail crime.
John Heavener, President of the Georgia Retailers Association, was recognized for his extraordinary efforts in getting the Georgia Smash and Grab Act passed and bringing attention to the growing problem Georgia retailers are facing.

Ray Schultz, Chief of Police for the Albuquerque Police Department, wasrecognized for his groundbreaking approach to tackling crime, which involves chasing thieves out of his jurisdiction, and the overwhelming positive results his Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA) has produced.

Bill Williams, Captain of the Los Angeles Police Department's Commercial Crimes Division will be recognized for his leadership in launching the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association (LAAORCA), which helps bring down area retail crime rings.