LP Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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32 MARCH–APRIL 2019 | LOSSPREVENTIONMEDIA.COM understanding of how and why the psyche of individuals works the way that they do, so you can hopefully stay one step ahead. Finally, I find significant value in it because it's a great way for me to help get my team engaged and develop their further learning. And it becomes a good platform for me to be able to take credible learnings and apply that with my senior leadership to help them understand that this is not just a Meijer issue but rather an issue affecting the industry. At the same time, it provides credibility to the solutions available that can be put in place to protect profitability and sales to manage against the risk of the deviant and criminal behavior that comes into our stores. Best of all, these insights are coming from an independent, credible organization built on research and science. EDITOR: One other organization you are involved in is the Loss Prevention Foundation. Why do you play a role in the foundation? JAECKLE: My view is similar in terms of how we've talked about the other two. The LP Foundation is great because it gives our industry a platform to impact the direction of where asset protection is going. It is also deeply focused on and rooted in the development of individuals through its LPC and LPQ certifications. I took the plunge to earn my LPC back in 2013. Investing in this was one of the best moves I could have made. As an individual who had earned an undergraduate degree, had gone into the workplace, come back for graduate work, and then applied those learnings of both education with practical experience, the continuing education certification in my specified field was phenomenal and has helped me achieve a lot of the success I have today. What makes it so impactful is that all too often, especially in large organizations, we end up with a very specific, narrow viewpoint within asset protection. You may only be a security person, or safety focused, or a numbers guy. We may not have visibility into the other aspects of asset protection like supply chain or import security, finance, or legislation and legal risks. The foundation education touches all those and more to put asset protection into context of the larger enterprise. It's an essential program for individuals wanting to grow their careers. EDITOR: That is great, Paul. We applaud you for your involvement in the industry and how you've been able to give back to others. Let's shift gears a bit and look back at your college days and how you ended up in loss prevention. JAECKLE: I attended Western Illinois University where I majored in criminal justice hoping to go into law enforcement. I had a family member who was an Illinois State Trooper, which is where I wanted to end up. The university is in a relatively small town where there were basically three places to work. One of those was the local Walmart where I took a temporary INTERVIEW

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