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WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER
30th ANNUAL TRAINING SEMINAR
SEPTEMBER 30th - OCTOBER 3rd, 2001

DORAL PALM SPRINGS RESORT
CATHEDRAL CITY, CALIFORNIA
Despite the tragedies occurring in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania less than three weeks earlier, the Seminar officially opened on Sunday with registration.  There were many helping out with the registration chores that led to 440 people being registered for the Seminar.

On Monday morning the opening ceremonies took place.  The ceremonies included the presentation of the colors by the California Highway Patrol (Indio) Color Guard.  Following was the invocation by Indio Police Chaplain Wayne Hoy and comments by the dignitaries.  There was also a time of remembering the victims of September 11th, 2001.  A moment of silence was also held for the passing of Lee S. Cole on September 16th, 2001.

CHP Color Guard presenting the colors Opening Ceremonies A reminder of what took place less than three weeks prior
Among the dignitaries speaking were Cathedral City Police Chief Stan Henry, CHP Indio Captain Chris Madigan, IAATI President David Ecklund, IAATI Western Regional Chapter President Bill Larocque, and WSATI Southern Chapter President Bill Lovold

CHP Commissioner "Spike" Helmick could not make it to the Seminar due to a conflict in his schedule.  He was recognized for his efforts in making sure CHP Auto Theft Investigators were allowed to attend the Seminar.

Invocation by Indio Police Chaplain Wayne Hoy Welcome by Cathedral City Police Chief Stan Henry Welcome by CHP Indio Captain Chris Madigan Welcome by IAATI President David Ecklund IAATI WRC President Bill Larocque WSATI Southern President Bill Lovold
Bill Lovold welcomed the large gathering to the Doral Palm Springs.  Bill had WSATI Southern Chapter Vice President Lou Koven speak about the classes that were forthcoming for the group in the days to come.  Lou was proud to announce that for the first time, WSATI training had been approved by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.
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