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+ Did you know that the Military Officer’s Association of America endorses the LPF's "Hire-A-Vet" Program?

+ The LPQ educational material is designed to teach loss prevention best practices. Every good retail LP manager needs to know them.

"Hire-A-Vet" Program is Planning

"Some of the characteristics that I look for in a candidate for Loss Prevention or Asset Protection are similar to some of the characteristics that people in the military possess which are inherent to the job." says Wayne Getz, LPC, CFI Area Asset Protection Manager at Best Buy. "Both require dedication, ability to work long hours, ability to handle, stressful situations, confidentiality, respect, professionalism, attention to detail, just to name a few. Skills can be learned rather quickly, but there are many character traits that are necessary and take time to cultivate." explained Getz.  

Veterans**: Please plan to spend quality time considering a career in Loss Prevention / Asset protection. This field is absolutely expanding across our great country. Here are a few starting web links to help you explore this field:

  • Wikipedia's Introduction to Retail Loss Prevention.
  • LP Magazine's Articles on Current LP Issues and Trends.
  • LP Jobs the largest LP employment web site.
  • LPF's own web site and especially the resource links.
  • O*NET US Employment Occupation Watch web site. Follow it's links to see how the industry is faring in your local state area.
  • MOAA Military Association of America participating company in career fairs.
  • LinkedIn Loss Prevention Foundations Professional Networking web site.

Without proper education and knowledge, service members transitioning into civilian life are left to figure out the details on their own. Even the most resourceful have to overcome these challenges to gain leadership footholds within their new work place. The LPF has developed a partnership strategy to equip our national heroes with a toolset that helps our honored vets join an organization with a firm grasp on the subjects most LP know are essential to succeed.

Vets, You Can Do This! Our industry has many successful leaders that are veterans. Follow the links below, to learn more about what helped a few of those successful leaders achieve their positions and what they now look for in hiring new LP candidates.

  • Scott McBride, Sr. Director of Loss Prevention; American Eagle Outfitters
  • Aaron Henderson, Director of Loss Prevention; Penske Logistics
  • Wayne Getz, Area Loss Prevention Manager; Best Buy, Inc.

Retailers: The LPF has an open invitation to any retailer wishing to join us in targeting veterans for jobs within loss prevention. So far, LPQ is a preferred requirement for all new LP hires, with 70 national retailers participating. If a vet is LPQ certified, they will greatly increase their chances for an interview and be a top tier candidate for final consideration. Tell the LPF that you want to join our growing list of organizations who support veterans getting certified to compete for retail LP jobs.

Wanting to help is important, knowing where to go to help, is the next step. Please contact us if you have any interest in joining the LPF and our partners in finding vets for retail LP jobs or identifying jobs for our nations' veterans looking for a rewarding career in retail LP. With the "Hire-A-Vet" program several industry leaders have already stepped up to the plate to ensure action and pursue results.

Armed Services Transition Committee: This committee is breaking ground on obtaining LPQ course approval as a military transition course. The LPQ credential opens doors for our vets on several levels. Today's retail job market is increasingly competitive.

The Loss Prevention Foundation's Armed Services Transition Committee, including Kevin Lynch, LPC ADT, Brand Elverston, Walmart, Scott McBride, American Eagle and Gene Smith, LPC, President of LPF, recently met in Washington D.C. with various high ranking military leaders to discuss how retail loss prevention could be more active in helping veterans transition to retail loss prevention jobs.  As a result of this meeting, the LPF is aggressively moving forward with a comprehensive plan that will help to attract more qualified enlisted military and veteran candidates into retail loss prevention.

*Enroll: Are you already interested in participating in our "Hire-A-Vet" program without the need to read on? You are invited as a retailer, as veteran, as a soon to be separated active duty military person, or as a military committee volunteer, to just enroll using our "Hire-A-Vet" Program form. Please allow us up to two business days to respond. If you prefer, you can click here for our toll free phone number.

**Veterans: This term is used generically to include all honorably discharged veterans, soon to be separated active duty military personnel, members of the National Guard or Reserve.