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Jewelers Security Alliance Awards Recognize Excellence

Jan 17, 2014 1:08 PM   By JSA
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Press Release: On Saturday, January 11, 2014, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) held its annual luncheon at the Harmonie Club. During the event, the board of directors of the JSA presented the Industry Service Award to Kevin Valentine, the vice president of internal audit and enterprise risk management of Signet Jewelers Ltd., and Mark Neapolitan, the director of loss prevention at Sterling Jewelers Inc., the U.S. division of Signet. The James B. White Award was presented to  Frank Aimaro, FBI special agent, and detective Carol Mosher of the Los Angeles Police Department, both assigned to the FBI/LAPD interstate theft task force.

These prestigious awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated commitment to improving crime prevention and in recognition and appreciation of the extraordinary contributions to the safety and security of the jewelry industry. jewelers security alliance

“The Jewelers’ Security Alliance recognizes Kevin and Mark for their leadership in loss prevention, which has been a model for the entire industry for many years,” said John Kennedy (pictured center), the president of JSA. “JSA deeply appreciates their many successful efforts in which for decades they have conducted training on jewelry identification and investigation for law enforcement personnel, and worked to have the jewelry industry cooperate more closely with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.”

Valentine (pictured on right side of photograph)  is responsible for internal audit, enterprise risk management and loss prevention for Signet’s U.S. and U.K. operations. Valentine has over 30 years experience in those specialty areas of which 27 of those years have been with Signet.   

Neapolitan (pictured on left side of photograph) is responsible for the administration of all loss prevention functions, issues and investigations relative to Sterling throughout the U.S. Neapolitan has a combined experience of 43 years between law enforcement and loss prevention and more than 25 of those years have been with Sterling. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Valentine said, “Mark and I have had the pleasure of working with the JSA for about a quarter-of-a-century. In the ongoing pursuit of making the jewelry industry safer, the work of JSA is critically important. Through its loss prevention efforts, the safety of the entire jewelry industry has continuously improved.”

Kennedy said, “Detective Mosher and special agent Aimaro have been doing remarkable work in Los Angeles for over 10 years as part of an FBI/LAPD interstate theft task force that has helped to drastically reduce traveling jewelry salespersons’ losses in California and throughout the country. California has long been the greatest magnet in the U.S. for jewelry criminals and their efforts have made an enormous contribution to making the entire U.S. jewelry industry safer.”

Mosher has been with the LAPD for 22 years and has been assigned to the task force since 2004. Aimaro has been with the FBI for 27 years and joined the task force in 2002. He has a master’s degree in accounting and is a CPA.

They have investigated hundreds of jewelry crimes and arrested 250 criminals, including many violent jewelry criminals and made recoveries totaling $11 million. Their task force is one of the most active law enforcement units in the U.S. regularly investigating jewelry crime and is a model of successful FBI and local police cooperation.

“Carol’s and Frank’s contributions have extended far beyond Los Angeles and California,” said Kennedy. “They have worked closely with numerous law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and have helped educate countless law enforcement personnel regarding jewelry crime. They have also been speakers and participants at JSA training events as well as GIA training seminars for law enforcement personnel.”

About Jewelers' Security Alliance
Jewelers' Security Alliance (JSA) is a non-profit trade association with 21,000 members that has been providing crime information and assistance to the jewelry industry and law enforcement since 1883. JSA fulfills its mission of informing and alerting jewelers about crime through frequent email crime alerts and print publication, a website, seminars and consulting activities. JSA also works closely with the FBI and local law enforcement agencies, sharing its data and analysis in order to further the war on jewelry crime.

About Signet Jewelers Ltd.
Signet Jewelers Ltd. is the largest specialty jewelry retailer in the U.S. and U.K. Signet's U.S. division operates over 1,400 stores in all 50 states primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry. Signet's U.K. division operates approximately 500 stores primarily under the name brands of H.Samuel and Ernest Jones. Further information on Signet is available at www.signetjewelers.com. See also www.kay.com, www.jared.com, www.hsamuel.co.uk and www.ernestjones.co.uk.


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