Roseville business owners, managers offered special police academy

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Feb. 12 – Class 1

Where: Maidu Community Center at 1550 Maidu Dr.
Topics: Transient issues, violence situations and hiring practices and background checks.

Feb. 14 – Class 2

Where: The Roseville Civic Venter at 311 Vernon St.

Topics: Personal Safety, citizen’s arrest, self-defense, business security, business crime prevention.

Feb. 19 – Class 3

Where: Raley’s Community Event Center at 1915 Douglas Blvd.

Topics: Crime scene investigation, counterfeiting money and what happens after an arrest.

Feb. 21 – Class 4

Where: Roseville Chamber of Commerce at 650 Douglas Blvd.

Topics: High tech theft, hackers and creating hacker-proof passwords

In a city that prides itself on healthy commerce, businesses being targeted for crime can have big effect on the bottom line.

Now, the Roseville Police Department will be coordinating the first-ever Police Business Academy in hopes that a four-installment seminar series will give merchants and entrepreneurs the tools they need to keep lawbreakers at bay.

The business academy was the brainchild of Roseville police community service Officer Nina Shaull, who’s assigned to assist the department investigations bureau. Shaull has seen firsthand how counterfeit currency, credit card fraud, high tech embezzlement, business-related identify theft and other crimes can hurt a company. During 2011, the average cost to a Roseville business for shoplifting was $219 and the average cost for a commercial burglary was $3,000.

Roseville police want to descrease such impacts.   

“The concept came from seeing courses the FBI does for businesses,” Shaull said. “I researched their model and then boiled it down to the most important elements that can help our local business owners.”

Free to participants, the police business academy will cover topics ranging from transient issues and business security, to handling violent situations that spill into a store. Most of the instructors will be Roseville police officers and detectives, though a course on counterfeiting will be hosted by the U.S. Secret Service and the topic of hacker-proof passwords will be handled by local businessman Scott Alvord.

Alvord runs Advance Development Concepts, a tech consulting firm. He’s not only looking forward to being a presenter in the academy, but also an eager participant.

“It’s really a nice opportunity for business owners to learn about a lot of topics at once,” Alvord said. “Plus it gives them a chance to hear things directly from the police. In my experience, the police are really OK with business owners calling when they suspect something – even though there are a lot of business owners who might be hesitant to call unless they’re sure of what they’re seeing. The police have an attitude that, ‘if you’re not sure, call us.’ And that’s something the participants in the academy can talk to them about.”

Shaull also sees the academy as an opportunity for more dialog between police and the business community.

“Our department will benefit from this, too,” she said. “We’ll learn some new ideas from the owners and insights that will help us know what to look for and how to keep evolving.”

She added, “The business community is the heartbeat of our city, especially small business owners.”