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LPM Magpie Awards: Howard “Merg” Mergler, Excellence in Partnerships

The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards offer a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others who demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession.

The ability to influence change is a product of drive, creativity, and determination, but it also requires a unique ability to create a shared vision that others will understand, respect, support, and pursue. Each of the following recipients reflects that standard of excellence, representing the quality and spirit of leadership that makes a difference in our lives, our people, and our programs. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our latest honorees.

Excellence in Partnerships

“Each of us is only as good as the people that surround us,” says Mergler. “While I can do everything necessary to build great relationships with my law enforcement and retail partners, it’s not a one-way street. Both sides must contribute and invest in the relationship. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the partners around me that contribute and assist me in being successful.”

Mergler is a 23-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department. Deeply involved in the fight against organized retail crime, he is the developer and lead instructor for the retail theft class designed and implemented for officers in his department. He is also vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Organized Retail Crime Alliance (MAORCA), a board member of the Metro Organized Retail Crime Alliance (METRORCA), and a board member of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR).

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“One of the most important qualities when building partnerships is not shying away from introducing yourself to someone you don’t know,” he says. “If you can step outside your comfort zone, you may meet someone who could be the gateway to a number of other great relationships that will enhance your ability to do your job and be successful. But you need to be proactive. You might not have all the answers, but sometimes knowing someone who does is just as important. As you work to create those relationships, you can then use that as an opportunity to create additional relationships. And when others need a connection, don’t be shy about stepping up and providing information or a contact. When others see you doing what you can to assist them with their work, you will get the help you need to solve a case, find a new connection, or build an amazing partnership.”

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