AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2000 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 8th, 2001 - Santa Ana Elks Lodge Crystal Ballroom

THOSE PARTICIPATING INCLUDED:

Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Benny Price, CHP Border Division ISU
Invocation: Pastor Steve Purdue, Church of the Coastland
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Captain Robert Clark, CHP Border Division
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Sharon Baker, CHP Border Division ISU
Special Presentation: Mr. Jeff MacPherson, O.C. Auto Dealers Association

               ORANGE COUNTY 2000 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
 

Anaheim Police Department Officer Scott Harris
Brea Police Department Officer Robb Block
Buena Park Police Department Officer Jason Parsons
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Warren W. Ray
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Michael Schuman
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Jerry W. Hildeman
Cypress Police Department Officer Rodney DeYoung
Fullerton Police Department Officer Benjamin Lira
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Bill Allison
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Jeffrey Goodspeed
Irvine Police Department Officer Garon Wyatt
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Brian Kelso
La Habra Police Department Officer Timothy Smith
La Palma Police Department Officer Arthur Wright
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Robert Thome
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Richard Bradley
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Diana Toyer
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Lori Cleeland
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy John Borrego
Orange Police Department Officer Michael Starnes
Placentia Police Department Officer Adam Gloe
Santa Ana Police Department Officer James Geist
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Kevin Vilensky
Tustin Police Department Officer Shonn Rojas
Westminster Police Department Officer Ronald Garwood

2000 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 2000.  Combined, these officers recovered 258 vehicles in 2000, valued at over $2,051,826 and arrest- ed 99 people.

Officer James Geist of the Santa Ana Police Department was recognized for not only being the 1999 Officer of the Year, but also having the most recov- eries in 2000.  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 Geist did not win the 2000 Officer of the Year Award.  He will be eligible again for the 2001 Officer of the Year Award.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Bill Allison of the Garden Grove Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 40 vehicles, including four "rolling stolens," resulting in eight arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $282,000.  This was the fifth year in a row that Officer Allison was the top Officer at his department.  Officer Allison was also the 1996 and 1998 A.T.A.C. Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year.

Officer Jason Parsons of the Buena Park Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.

Officer Warren Ray of the California Highway Patrol-Santa Ana was honor- ed as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county.

Officer Scott Harris of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.

Officer Robb Block of the Brea 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 eleven 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 Santa Ana Police Department

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