When Scott Carpenter learned that there was a career field - Loss Prevention - that involves "watching for shoplifters and catching bad guys," he knew he had to be part of it. That was in 1988, and he hasn't looked back since.
Currently, Scott is a District Loss Prevention Manager for Kroger, a position he has held since 2010. The job is based out of Little Rock, Arkansas and he is responsible for 16 stores in Arkansas and southern Missouri.
His career with Kroger is the culmination of nearly three decades of work in LP and law enforcement, which he began as an LP agent with Kmart.
“I quickly found that working the floor and detecting shoplifters was easy for me to do and very enjoyable,” he told the Daily. “I have been hooked ever since!”
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Retailers already working with AORCA include Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Burlington Stores, Lowe’s, Gordmans, and Belk. The group has law enforcement members from North Little Rock Police, Little Rock Police, Arkansas State Police, Sherwood Police, Arkansas State Attorney’s office, the U.S. Secret Service, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Over the span of 25 years, he has worked in LP roles with not just Kroger and Kmart, but Sears, Champs Sports, Sports Authority, and Stein Mart.
Scott also spent five years as a police officer in the patrol division before retiring and jumping right back into LP at a higher career level. He accepted his current position, District Loss Prevention Manager, with Kroger and intends to stay with the company for the remainder of his career.
“Kroger is a great place to work and the people are awesome,” Scott said.
In addition to his career with Kroger, he has a passion for fighting Organized Retail Crime, which shows in the work he is doing with the Arkansas Organized Retail Crime Association (AORCA).
Scott been a member of the association since it was founded in 2011, but just last year he was elected as the group’s 4th president. Under his leadership, he hopes to increase membership and boost the involvement of – and communication between – retailers and law enforcement agencies.
Currently, AORCA is in the process of further developing its website, and Scott hopes it will provide members with quick communication and access to BOLO information and other criminal incidents. After all, close communication between law enforcement and retailers is imperative in the ORC effort.
In his free time, Scott says he enjoys water sports, trout fishing, traveling, landscaping projects and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife of 12 years, who is a CPA for the State of Arkansas, public service commission.
He is also qualified as an Expert Marksman and holds dozens of certificates from advanced crime-scene investigations to DWI/DUI investigations, as well as an advanced interview/interrogations certificate from Wicklander-Zulawski (W-Z).
We at the D&D Daily thank Scott for his leadership in LP and ORC, and look forward to seeing him continue to make a positive impact on the industry.
To learn more about the Arkansas Organized Retail Crime Association, visit www.aorca.org.
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