LA Police Chief Bill Bratton delivers keynote at RILA conference


Orlando, FL - The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) closed its 2009 Loss Prevention Auditing & Safety Conference today with an address from one of America’s most respected law enforcement officers, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton.

Bratton’s presentation concentrated on how partnerships between law enforcement and businesses can be effectively developed for community-wide solutions to crime and other public safety challenges. Outlining how to develop and prioritize the relationships between business, law enforcement and communities, Bratton showed conference goers how existing law enforcement and criminal justice agency partnerships have been successful.
“We are committed to continued strengthening of our partnerships with the business community; it means that we talk, we cooperate, and we collaborate. Working together is the rule and not the exception in Los Angeles. Together we are fighting crime,” said Chief Bill Bratton, of the LAPD.

Known as the only person to ever serve as chief executive of both the LAPD and NYPD, Chief Bratton has an international reputation for reengineering police departments and fighting crime.

Bratton was appointed Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in October 2002 and oversees the third largest police department in the United States, managing 9,800 sworn officers, 3,000 civilian employees, and an annual budget of more than one billion dollars. After directing a major reengineering and reform effort, he now drives initiatives in LA aimed at utilizing real-time information to further reduce crime, target gang violence, and mitigate the threats posed by terrorism. After six years in office, crime in LA has been reduced to historically low levels, with Part I crimes down 33% and homicides down 41%.

“Customers and communities are the biggest winners when retailers and law enforcement work together to accomplish their shared crime fighting objectives,” said Casey Chroust, RILA senior vice president for retail operations. “Chief Bratton’s presentation illustrated a forward thinking approach to how businesses and municipalities can benefit from working together.”

Held in Orlando Florida, RILA’s Loss Prevention Auditing & Safety 2009 brought together more than 700 Loss Prevention leaders for three days of dialogue, networking and premier educational sessions that featured more than 40 different sessions on topics critical to LP professionals.
Other notable sessions at the included an opening Keynote from Home Depot’s Marvin Ellison on his rise through the LP ranks and sessions on Building your LP Program from the ground up, Loss Prevention Strategies for a Store Closing Environment, Technology to Combat Organized Retail Crime, and Self-Scanning: Profit or Loss to name a few.

“With dynamic and insightful speakers, this year’s conference was a great success. Sessions covered a wide range of material and generated important discussions amongst our attendees,” Chroust concluded.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) promotes consumer choice and economic freedom through public policy and industry operational excellence. Its members include the largest and most successful retailers operating in the U.S.--which together provide millions of jobs and operate more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.