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by msecadm4921

Two visitors from the United States were in Northampton recently to gather information about the town’s Retail Crime Initiative (NRCI), featured in the magazine recently.

Jim Bender, project leader of Target Corp – which has 1,200 retail outlets in the States – and Special Agent Paul McCabe of the FBI, will be guests of business crime officer PC Paul Valentine and the Northampton Retail Crime Initiative team.

The visitors are based in Minneapolis, which is home to one of the largest shopping malls in the United States

They are visiting Northampton town centre as part of an ongoing relationship with the NRCI, which developed after PC Valentine spoke about the success of the town’s scheme at a national conference.

They are particularly interested in seeing how the partnership between the Police, the Borough Council, businesses and licensed premises works.

They will be studying the information exchange between scheme partners, the CCTV system operation, exactly how anti-social behaviour order exclusions tie into the initiative and how stores work together to keep crime at bay.

PC Valentine, RCI co-ordinator, said:  “Our American colleagues are impressed by what they have heard so far about how the Retail Crime Initiative operates in Northampton and I am pleased it is being considered a shining example of good practice.
“The visitors will be meeting a number of key people throughout the day and we are happy to give them ideas and information that they can take back to Minneapolis to assist them in setting up their own partnership.”

The visitors will be touring Northampton town centre and lunching with Chief Constable Peter Maddison at Force Headquarters.

PC Paul Valentine has been working with the scheme for some time but has also been carrying out his other duties as an officer on the town centre.

The Northampton Retail Crime Initiative now has more than 150 members and it is developing fast in the county’s other major towns.

He added:  “My aim is to share intelligence gathered in Northampton with the schemes across the county so that people who travel to commit retail crime will have nowhere to go.”

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