SEARS CANADA INC - Cited For Safe Workplace Program
Story Filed: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 11:00 PM EST
Toronto, Ontario, Apr 03, 2001 (Market News Publishing via COMTEX) -- Sears
Canada Inc. has won the praise of its peers in the retailing industry for the
company's ongoing efforts to ensure a safer workplace. Sears Canada's
accomplishments were honoured tonight at Retail Council of Canada's third
annual Resources Protection Recognition Awards, which honour outstanding
crime prevention achievements and contributions at the retail level. Awards
were also presented to Sgt. Andrew Lavery and Ontario's Peel Regional Police
Services, and to Video Solutions Inc., a supplier of security services.
Retailer Award: Sears Canada's resources protection and human resources
departments were cited for researching, designing and implementing a
violence- in-the-workplace prevention and response program. Store management
has been trained to recognize signs of potential violence and how to properly
respond and prevent situations from escalating. Sears has also developed an
extensive Confrontational Management Program to help its team of more than
700 investigators deal with the over 17,000 situations each year that have
the potential for violence.
Police Award: Sgt. Lavery and the Peel Regional Police Services (11 Division)
were honoured for their work to curb professional and organized gangs. Last
year, Sgt. Lavery and his team investigated and arrested a group of
individuals responsible for the theft of merchandise worth hundreds of
thousands of dollars from 42 retailers across Ontario for the purpose of re-
selling and shipping to Vietnam and Vancouver.
Supplier of the Year Award: Richmond Hill, Ontario-based Video Solutions Inc.
(VSI) was cited for its Evidence Retrieval Program, which aims to improve the
quality of print images captured from videotapes, and to shorten the time it
takes for police to receive the prints. VSI has modified a Chrysler PT
Cruiser to include a fully functioning replay centre providing video prints
and tape dubs. When a robbery occurs, VSI can be at the scene within minutes
to make prints that can be distributed to police and the media with minimum
delay. The service is offered free of charge in the Greater Toronto Area.
Retail Council of Canada ( www.retailcouncil.org) is the voice of retail in
Canada. RCC is a not-for-profit industry association representing more than
8,500 retailers of all store sizes and formats across the country.
Collectively, RCC's members account for more than two-thirds of all general-
merchandise retail sales in Canada.