MONTGOMERY – The nominees for the
2008 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Alabama Law Enforcement Retail Partner
awards clearly demonstrate how much retailers rely on local law enforcement to provide safety, security and support for their businesses.
This year’s nominees have apprehended sawed-off shotgun-wielding robbery suspects, alerted retailers to business doors unlocked after business hours, ferreted out identity thieves who stole checks from business mailboxes, identified in-store identity thieves, locked up merchandise counterfeiters, pulled over credit report thieves, helped identify a robbery/murder suspect and sought extradition for check counterfeiters.
For those reasons and many more, the
Alabama Retail Association
for 10 years has singled out one of the more than 13,000 law enforcement officers in the state with its “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” or LEO Award. In 2007, ARA also began recognizing one law enforcement officer with its Retail Partner Award for going the extra mile to serve and protect retailers.
The 2008 LEO and Retail Partner Award winners along with the nominees will be honored
Thursday, Nov. 13
, during an 11:30 a.m. luncheon ceremony at the Montgomery Country Club.
Troy Chancellor Jack Hawkins will be the keynote speaker.
Retailers have worked hard to strengthen laws to make their stores and doing business with retail businesses crime-free and are grateful for all law enforcement does to enforce such laws.
The Alabama Retail Association and its member retailers championed legislation that made organized retail theft a felony. Organized retail theft costs retailers and consumers nationwide between $30 billion and $37 billion annually, according to the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the National Retail Federation and the FBI. “The overall price tag is more than burglary, larceny, robbery, and auto theft combined,” said Supervisory Special Agent Brian J. Nadeau, program manager of the Organized Retail Theft Program at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Thanks to ARA and its Loss Prevention Committee, Alabama is one of 16 states that have updated their laws to keep up with this fast-growing crime against retailers. Since, 2006, organized retail theft offenders in Alabama spend up to 20 years in jail and pay up to $10,000 in fines.
ARA also supports tough identity theft laws. Almost 5 percent of adult Americans were victims of identity fraud in 2007. All told, identity theft nationally cost almost $50 billion last year. Alabama ranks 17th in the nation in the number of identity theft complaints filed, according to the Federal Trade Commission.
Alabama’s law enforcement officers protect its citizens against these and other crimes every day.
A panel of retailers as well as active and retired law enforcement officials chose this year’s LEO Award winner from nominated line officers from local police departments, sheriff’s offices, the Alabama State Troopers and other Alabama law enforcement departments. The ARA board of directors chose the Retail Partner Award winner.
>> Full list of the nominees from law enforcement agencies throughout the state
All of these officers deserve recognition for the work they do, please contact them or their superior officers if you wish to learn more.
Media representatives are welcome to cover the award ceremony in Montgomery. If you plan to attend, please contact Nancy King Dennis by Friday, Nov. 7th
>> Directions to Montgomery Country Club
Media Contact: Nancy King Dennis | 334.263.5757, Ext. 101 | 800.239.5423
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