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My name is...Brian Akonom

Father, corporate investigator, former police officer

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From the islands to the Springs to Parker

I was stationed in Hawaii with the military and lived there about 17 years, then met my wife and after retiring from the military I went into law enforcement. It was just a dream I’d always had. I moved to Parker 11 years ago from Colorado Springs when I got a promotion.

We have three kids between 25, 21 and 15, the older two went to Chaparral and the youngest still does. The things we all bond over are food and “Game of Thrones,” that brings us all together.

Crime doesn’t pay, most of the time

I do corporate investigations. People would be surprised to learn how much theft goes on. I was at Home Depot before this position and people would push $2,000 worth of tools right out the door, and that happens every single day. When I was at Kohl’s, we had over 1,000 shoplifting cases a year in the 14 Colorado stores we oversaw.

People would also be shocked to see the types of people stealing. Obviously sometimes they’re the worst kinds of people, but we would also see a lot of housewives. Then there are employees giving their friends things and not paying for stuff. It just never ends.

From metal to Mac

It depends on what I’m doing, but when I’m working out I listen to Metallica, or Megadeth or Iron Maiden, but when I’m in the car, it’s more ‘70s rock, because I’m old. The last concert I went to was Fleetwood Mac.

Reaching people at the right time

The best part of being a cop was that I literally saved several people’s lives. The aspect of helping people every day was really rewarding.

The best part of working in loss prevention for me are the times when you can impact someone. Maybe they’re at a crossroads or a turning point where they were really struggling and they could have done something wrong, but they didn’t because we reached them.

Everybody has thoughts sometimes about something they might do and they think: “Should I or shouldn’t I?” If they think back to me or somebody talking to them and they think, “No, I better not do that,” that’s a win, and we keep a good employee.

Bucket list trip

One thing I really want to do is to go to New York City. Even though I grew up in Maryland, I never went.

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