Paul Fishman, United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, will be featured as the keynote speaker at NJFC’s Northeast Regional Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition on October 26, 2016 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. In partnership with the NJ Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA), this widely-attended regional conference focuses on the challenges of loss prevention and security in the food and retail industries.
As the chief federal law enforcement officer for New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Fishman is expected to address important initiatives to tackle loss prevention and theft issues in the retail industry, particularly in the area of organized retail crime. The conference will also focus on cyber security, credit card data breaches, and the importance of public and private partnerships with law enforcement.
Last year, U.S. Attorney Fishman led federal law enforcement officials working in various government agencies in breaking up a large-scale, organized retail crime scheme involving the theft of tens of millions of dollars’ worth of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and health and beauty aid products that spanned from 2008 to 2013 in New Jersey and New York.
“We are thrilled and honored to have the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey as our keynote speaker for this year’s Loss Prevention Conference,” said NJFC President Linda Doherty. “Partnering with law enforcement professionals is critical for retailers to help thwart crime and reduce risk. As the chief federal law enforcement officer for New Jersey, there is no one better than U.S. Attorney Fishman to update our industry on the latest federal initiatives to help combat organized retail crime and enhance security in our stores and online.”
Paul J. Fishman was nominated by President Barack Obama as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey in June 2009; he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 7, 2009 and sworn in on October 14, 2009. As U.S. Attorney, he is responsible for overseeing all federal criminal investigations and prosecutions and the litigation of all civil matters in New Jersey in which the federal government has an interest. Mr. Fishman supervises a staff of approximately 145 attorneys and 115 support personnel in Newark, Camden, and Trenton.
The annual conference will also honor food industry and law enforcement professionals for their achievements in the field of loss prevention. Ed Rohena of Stop & Shop Supermarkets will be the recipient of the 2016 Loss Prevention Professional Award and four law enforcement officers will receive the 2016 Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award: Kate Ingram from the New Jersey State Police; Detective Mike Coffey from the Piscataway Police Department; and Detective Mark Bajada from the Toms River Police Department.
Additionally, NJFC will announce recipients of this year’s Loss Prevention Scholarship Program, a program to fund continuing education for NJFC loss prevention associates through the Loss Prevention Foundation. Applications are due on September 30, 2016 and can be downloaded at www.njfoodcouncil.com.