January 20, 2006
JSA Honors Crime Fighters
The Jewelers' Security Alliance held its annual luncheon Jan. 14, honoring several industry leaders. It presented its eighth annual James B. White Law Enforcement Award to Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Daniel X. McCaffrey of the Violent Crime/Major Offender Unit, and its first annual JSA Industry Service Award to George Slicho, senior vice president for loss prevention for Zale Corp.
McCaffrey is one of the leading experts in U.S. law enforcement on criminals who attack the jewelry industry. He uses a nationwide information sharing network of law enforcement personnel to pursue criminal gangs and has been involved in the investigation and arrest of major jewelry fences, as well as South American gang members who target traveling jewelry salespersons. McCaffrey works closely with the JSA, providing frequent assistance and referrals. Prior to joining the FBI, he was employed by Tiffany & Co. for nine years, leaving as director of retail operations. The White award is in memory of James B. White, longtime leader of the Jewelers' Security Alliance.
Slicho has been directing loss prevention operations at Zale for 15 years, with responsibility for the security of 2,300 stores, the largest jewelry store operation in the U.S. He regularly shares information with his colleagues at other jewelry chains, as well as with the FBI and JSA. During his years at Zale, Slicho also organized innovative training sessions on jewelry crime that he brought to police audiences around the U.S. He's also worked with vendors to develop innovative security products, such as showcases, tracking and inventory systems and alarms. Earlier in his career, Slicho was an FBI special agent.
JSA President John J. Kennedy announced the election of David B. Cornstein as chairman of the board. Cornstein, of Finlay Fine Jewelry Corp., succeeds Rolex's Walter Fischer, who retired from the position. Also retiring from the board was Movado Group's Efraim Grinberg, after 16 years of service.
JSA noted that during 2005, it began operating the industry's only central clearinghouse for information on stolen and recovered jewelry, watches and gems, www.stolenjewelry.org. The clearinghouse was made possible through a grant from the JCK Industry Fund. Total dollar losses from crimes against the jewelry industry were at the lowest level in 10 years. The number of crimes against traveling salespersons was also the lowest in at least 12 years and homicides involving jewelry industry personnel were at the second lowest total of any year since 1980. Kennedy convened a moment of silence for the four victims of jewelry crime who died during 2005.
by Peggy Jo Donahue