Free retail crime seminar set for Feb. 26
by James Phillips
Feb 10, 2013 | 1202 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County and the Walker County District Attorney’s Office are teaming up to sponsor a retail crime seminar in Jasper later this month.

The “Retail Crime Investigations and Partnerships” seminar will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper. The one-day forum is also being sponsored by the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the United States Secret Service, Kroger and Belk.

“This is something that we’ve been working on for almost two years now,” District Attorney Bill Adair said. “I’m looking forward to the seminar. We are bringing in some high profile retail crimes experts to teach the sessions. We expect people from across Alabama will come to learn everything they can about how to prevent crimes at their businesses.”

Chamber President Linda Lewis said one of the chamber’s objectives is to always advocate for businesses and try to help solve problems business owners may be experiencing.

“This is something that our business community has showed interest in for some time,” Lewis said. “By putting together a program of this caliber, we feel it will enhance our local businesses and provide them with excellent information.”

Sessions will be taught by members of the ROCIC and the Secret Service. Training topics include organized retail crime foundations, loss prevention/asset protection concepts and practices, concealment methods, shoplifting legal updates, relationships between loss prevention and law enforcement and counterfeit currency and illegal credit card use.

The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. Adair said anyone interested in attending is being asked to register with Cindy Hagood of the DA’s office. She can be reached at 205-384-6135 or

“We’ve already had businesses from as far away as Decatur and Huntsville to register for the seminar,” Adair said.

There is no limit on how many people can attend, Adair added. “We’ll be in the big exhibition hall at the CHS Building, so should have plenty of room for 400 to 500 people.”

Adair said the event is also open to members of law enforcement.

“I try to do something for law enforcement each year to provide them with continuing education credit — this seminar will do that,” he said. “I expect we will have a large group from our local law enforcement community.”

Lewis said she appreciates the relationship between the chamber and the DA’s office.

“Both of our offices care about our local businesses,” she said. “By working together, we can connect the dots and provide area businesses with vital information to help keep them from being victims of crimes.”