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Law Enforcement, Retailers Meet at Fusion Center

Members of eBay’s North America Global Asset Protection (GAP) team participated in the National Retail Federation (NRF) PROTECT conference in Philadelphia June 14–16. Each year the NRF conference is attended by more than a thousand retail professionals representing retailers from across the county, many of whom are eBay clients.

The 2016 NRF conference marked the seventh consecutive year that eBay has sponsored retail outreach through the Fusion Center, a designated area in the expo hall that provides an opportunity for law enforcement agencies from the federal, state, and local levels to link or “fuse” with retailers to counteract retail crime.

The Fusion Center offers retailers a valuable opportunity to network and partner with law enforcement and eBay. Retailers can visit various law enforcement agency booths to discuss tactics, exchange critical data, and enhance important partnerships. During the successful two-day event, GAP team members met with many of our retail and law enforcement partners.

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This year eBay partnered with Macy’s in sponsoring and manning the Fusion Center. Special thanks go to John Matas and Chris DeSantis of Macy’s and all those who worked to make the Fusion Center a big success.

Following is a list of organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) and law enforcement agencies who participated in this year’s Fusion Center.

Organized Retail Crime Associations

Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force
Florida Organized Retail Crime Association
Georgia Retail Association Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Indiana Retail Organized Crime Coalition
Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association
Metro Area Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Mid-Atlantic Organized Retail Crime Alliance
Twin Cities Organized Retail Crime Association
Utah Organized Retail Crime Association

Law Enforcement Agencies

Arlington (VA) County Police Department
Barrington (IL) Police Department
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, US Currency Education Program
Boise (ID) Police Department
Delaware Valley Intelligence Center
Fairfax County Police Department (Tysons, VA, Urban Team)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Florida Law Enforcement Property Recovery Unit
Homeland Security Investigations
Houston (TX) Police Department
Los Angeles (CA) Police Department
New York City Police Department
Philadelphia (PA) Police Department
Polk County (FL) Sheriff’s Office
Salt Lake City (UT) Police Department
US Marshals Service
USPS Office of the Inspector General
US Postal Inspection Service

North America GAP team members at the NRF Fusion Center are (left to right) Monica Lundgren, Hawken Averett, Spencer Jones, Stephen Huhnke, Christian Hardman, and Dave DiSilva.

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