WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation here announced yesterday that its Loss Prevention Council has begun a series of NRF Investigator’s Network meetings designed to connect retailers’ loss prevention executives with their local law enforcement agencies. The meetings will address “issues currently plaguing the retail industry” as well as ways to combat “the growing problem of organized retail crime,” said an NRF statement. Meetings in the New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami metro areas are scheduled to take place in the next few months. “Through networking and great partnerships, retail loss prevention executives can now share retail crime struggles with local law enforcement agencies,” said NRF Vice President of Loss Prevention Joseph LaRocca. “We look forward to building new relationships in this new endeavor to educate the world about organized retail crime and its effect on innocent consumers and the industry as a whole.” NRF also announced that 19 companies have joined its Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network (LERPnet) since the summer of 2007, including Meijer, Publix, Target and BJ’s Wholesale Club.
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