LP Magazine

JUL-AUG 2014

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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by John Clark Clark is the director of corporate asset protection for Sports Authority, where he is responsible for corporate AP operations and investigations, global supply-chain security, and emergency management operations. Clark also is a board member as well as the retail vice president for the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR). He is the committee chairman for the Loss Prevention Foundation's military transition committee. Prior to his career in the private sector, Clark served in various roles in law enforcement and was a member of the U.S. Air Force. While serving our country, he earned degrees in criminal justice administration and industrial security management from the U.S. Air Force Air University and the Community College of the Air Force. CERTIFICATION Education Is Now More Affordable for Veterans E ducation is now more affordable for military veterans inside the LP industry as well as those interested in a career in our industry who are transiting from their military careers. Recently, we were delighted to announce to our veteran community that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has evaluated, approved, and included the exams for first-level LPQualified(LPQ) and the advanced-level LPCertified(LPC), making both exams eligible for G.I. Bill reimbursement. This new financial assistance for veterans is a key component of the LPF's mission to offer comprehensive, start-to-finish service packages for those desiring a career in this industry. While much has been written on attracting veterans into LP and assisting them with the transition, the Foundation and its military transition committee has also been committed to the professional advancement and assistance of those veterans currently employed in our industry. Our success in having the VA recognize the Foundation's certification programs was a tremendous achievement. This now provides us with the ability to bring even more value to our transitioning men and women of the military as well as our veteran community; and affords these professionals an opportunity to transition that skill set to organizations that will certainly value the experience and knowledge they bring to the table. One of the many things veterans learn while serving in the military is the importance of possessing an attitude for continuous learning; and how that attitude for learning enhanced their chances for advancement. This attitude is carried over into civilian life by their desire to actively pursue a college degree and professional certification. Recognizing the need to support veterans in their pursuit of a degree, the Foundation established a partnership with the American Military University (with over 65,000 military/ veteran students) and helped to create a concentration in loss prevention. The Foundation also had the LPQ and LPC evaluated for academic credit. By obtaining AMU approval for credit, it allows veterans who are certified to get three free credits towards a bachelor's degree. Getting free credit hours simply makes pursuing a degree a little more affordable and helps to demonstrate the value of the certifications. Many military veterans that are already a part of our industry are fortunate to work for companies that eagerly fund tuition reimbursement and professional certification. Unfortunately, others are not so fortunate and do not have the funds to pay for profession certification. Therefore, one of our goals has been to make becoming LPQ and LPC certified more affordable for those wishing to advance their career. That is why the Foundation submitted the LPC and LPQ for VA evaluation and approval. Some retailers pay for both the prep courses and exams. In other situations companies may only pay for the course, while leaving the cost of the exam to the individual. Some retailers may not pay for either due to budget restrictions. Now, the Foundation has helped to make it more affordable for everyone. "The VA funding available for the LPC exam is a path to advance one's employment in the retail loss prevention profession. Fortune 500 corporations put a premium on the LPC designation, which helps to improve employment opportunities," said Kevin Lynch, LPC, former Navy Academy graduate and member of Foundation's military transition committee. "Retail loss prevention has a tremendous need for knowledgeable talent. An industry-specific course such as the LPC really helps the veteran understand the retail business better, allowing them to perform more effectively in their current position. It also demonstrates their continued desire to learn, proves they possess an advance level of retail specific knowledge, and gives them information often not obtained even with twenty-plus years of experience," said Gene Smith, LPC, president of the Loss Prevention Foundation. It is this not-for-profit organization's mission to elevate the professionalism of the entire loss prevention industry. The Foundation has many services that help anyone who desires a career in this field or who needs a career boost, including students, those in job transition, those seeking career advancement, retirees, and international LP practitioners. Contact the Foundation to discover the services available to help you grow your loss prevention career. 24 JULY - AUGUST 2014 | LPPORTAL.COM

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