AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
1999 OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTATION BRUNCH

Sponsored by the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee (A.T.A.C.), a partnership between law enforcement, insurance, and other auto-related
companies to reduce auto theft.

Friday, June 9th, 2000 - Santa Ana Elks Lodge Crystal Ballroom

THOSE PARTICIPATING INCLUDED:

Invocation: Pastor Steve Purdue, Church of the Coastland
Master of Ceremonies:  Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Assistant Chief Jerry Rounds, CHP Border Division
Presentation of Awards: Lt. Warren Stanley, CHP Border Division ISU

               ORANGE COUNTY 1999 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
 

Brea Police Department Officer Ray Winick
Buena Park Police Department Officer Chris Nyhus
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Tammy Carroll
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Al Aleman
CHP - Westminster Area Officer David Warren
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Larry Fettis
Cypress Police Department Officer Juan Carrillo
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer Rick Freeman
Fullerton Police Department Officer Chad Keen
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Bill Allison
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Mike Grahovac
Irvine Police Department Officer Troy Gielish
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Dane Dickson
La Habra Police Department Officer Joel Aragon
La Palma Police Department Officer Eddie Flores
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Chris Anderson
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Randy Parker
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Lance Glogowsky
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Daniel Lurie
Orange County Sheriffs - Stanton Deputy John Borrego
Orange Police Department Officer Craig Koki
Placentia Police Department Officer Aaron Kennedy
Santa Ana Police Department Officer James Geist
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Jerry Ellison
Tustin Police Department Officer Joe Thornton
Westminster Police Department Officer Ted Lopez

1999 A.T.A.C. Officer of the Year Award Winners

Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 1999.  Combined, these officers recovered 271 vehicles in 1999, valued at over $2,068,074 and arrest- ed 76 people.

Officer Bill Allison of the Garden Grove Police Department was recognized for not only being the 1998 Officer of the Year, but also having the most recoveries in 1999.  Due to a rule not allowing an officer to receive the award two years in a row (or be included in the top five officers), Officer Allison did not win the 1999 Officer of the Year Award.  He will be eligible again for the 2000 Officer of the Year Award.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer James Geist of the Santa Ana Police Department was honored as the
Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 31 vehicles, including eight "rolling stolens," with a recovery value of approxi- mately $162,000.

Officer Aaron Kennedy of the Placentia Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.

Officer Chris Nyhus of the Buena Park Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county.

Deputy Lance Glogowsky of the Orange County Sheriffs Department North Bureau was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.

Officer Craig Koki of the Orange Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county.

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating and sponsor- ing the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee (A.T.A.C.) and its Officer of the Year Program; as well as a thank you to the Santa Ana Elks Lodge for their hospitality over the past ten years.

Allstate Insurance Company Automobile Club of Southern California
California Highway Patrol Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Hertz Rent-A-Car Corporation Huntington Beach Dodge Dealership
Huntington Beach Police Department National Insurance Crime Bureau
Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Orange County Auto Theft Task Force
Orange County Sheriffs Department Progressive Insurance
Santa Ana Police Department State Farm Insurance
Western States Auto Theft Investigators

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