The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), in partnership with the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA), hosted the 2018 Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, NJ, on Thursday, November 1, 2018.
The event tackled all aspects of loss prevention, ensuring security professionals understand all the latest trends and updates in asset protection to preserve and protect company resources. The conference included new topics as well that piqued the interests of attendees.
NJFC President & CEO Linda Doherty said, “Our goal with this conference is to help the retail loss prevention community tackle progressive security issues, share information on the latest security scams, and network with law enforcement officials.”
Doherty added, “This year’s conference reflected threats that keep our loss prevention members up at night with a focus on retail activism, organized retail crime, emerging technologies, stronger partnerships with law enforcement and local prosecution of cases.”
The event offered a number of timely and compelling presentations, including an eye opening account of the significant threats of organized retail crime, retail activism, an executive’s response to loss prevention, emerging technologies, asset protection, active shooter scenarios, and the impact of the Regional Automated Property Information Database (RAPID) on the retail community.
Awards were presented to the following loss prevention leaders and law enforcement agents who implement new strategies to combat loss prevention and retail theft:
- Scott Dougherty, Vice President of Loss Prevention for Saker ShopRites, Inc. was honored with the “NJFC Loss Prevention Professional Award.” Mr. Dougherty has 28 years experience in the field of Asset Protection. He is also active on the Wakefern Loss Prevention, Safety and Environmental Committees and NJFC Loss Prevention and Safety & Risk Management Committees.
- David Wallace, LP Analyst for Staples, Inc. was honored with the “NJRMA Loss Prevention Professional Award”. Mr. Wallace started with Staples as an intern in 2013 working his way up to his current position as Field Auditor, Profit Protection Analyst. Starting in late 2016 his analyst work identified and brought a successful case against a refund ring that was using numerous altered or counterfeit IDs across 33 states, totaling over $300,000.
- FBI Special Agent Csapo was honored with the “Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award”. Csapo is a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Newark, NJ field office and works primarily on White Collar Crime investigations that include retail theft, and securities and investment fraud.
- Somerset County Detective Jeff VanderGoot was honored with the “Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award”. He has conducted and participated in hundreds of criminal investigations. Earlier this year, Detective VanderGoot opened an investigation on a business in Somerset County that was involved with purchasing stolen merchandise and selling the items online. His investigation led to a recovery of over $24,000 in merchandise.