AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2001 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 28th, 2002 - Santa Ana Elks Lodge Crystal Ballroom

THOSE PARTICIPATING INCLUDED:

Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Rich Henry, CHP Border Division ISU
Invocation: Pastor Steve Purdue, Coastland Foursquare Church
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Chief Paul Walters, Santa Ana Police Department
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Kenn Rosenberg, CHP / OCATT
Bill deGuzman, Allstate Insurance (Retired)
Special Presentation: Orange County Automobile Dealers Association

CHP / OCATT Lieutenant Kenn Rosenberg introduced CHP Sergeant Richard Henry who led the "uncensored" version of the Pledge of Allegiance.  This was followed by Huntington Beach Police Chaplain Steve Purdue presenting the invocation.

Lieutenant Rosenberg then introduced Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam.  Mr. Haslam gave an opening address and then welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the breakfast buffet.

After the buffet, Pat Haslam then introduced the guest speaker, Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters.

Pat Haslam then announced the winners as Lieutenant Rosenberg and former AllState Insurance Special Investigations Unit Investigator Bill deGuzman handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.

               ORANGE COUNTY 2001 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
 

Anaheim Police Department Officer Rafael Martins
Brea Police Department Corporal Kelly Carpenter
Buena Park Police Department Officer Brad Geyer
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Aaron D'Aoust
CHP - Westminster Area Officer David Warren
Costa Mesa Police Department Senior Officer Robert Fate
Cypress Police Department No Nominee
Fullerton Police Department Detective Alfonso Rodriguez
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Pete Arellano
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Steven Wickser
Irvine Police Department Senior Officer Dave Gibbs
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Natalie Leal
La Habra Police Department Officer Paul McPhillips
La Palma Police Department Officer Terry Kim
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Rick Moore
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Mario Montero
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Erik Baum
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Kevin Geary
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy Darryl Romero
Orange Police Department Officer Michael Starnes
Placentia Police Department Officer Rudy Madrigal
Santa Ana Police Department Officer James Geist
Seal Beach Police Department No Nominee
Tustin Police Department Officer Rick Hudson
Westminster Police Department Officer Dan McCarthy

2001 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 2001.  Combined, these officers recovered 255 vehicles in 2001, valued at over $2,408,945.00 and arrested 85 people.

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, 25 vehicles, including 13 "rolling stolens," resulting in 15 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $339,116.  This was the third year in a row that Officer Geist was the top Officer at his department.  Officer Geist was also the 1999 A.T.A.C. Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year.

Officer Geist was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Arthritis Foundation, from the Auto Theft Advisory Committee. 

Additionally the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented the top five officers a donation check to their designated charity.  Officer Geist chose the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Officer Rafael Martins of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Martin's designated charity, the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Officer Dan McCarthy of the Westminster Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer McCarthy's designated charity, the CHOC Foundation for Children.

Officer Brad Geyer of the Buena Park Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Geyer's designated charity, the American Cancer Society.

Officer Pete Arellano of the Garden Grove Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Arellano's designated charity, the Port Authority Police World Trade Disaster Survivor's Fund.

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
Huntington Beach Police Department Investigator Gary Labb
Orange Co Automobile Dealers Assn Orange County Auto Theft Investigators
Orange County Auto Theft Task Force Orange County Sheriffs Department
Santa Ana Police Department Western States Auto Theft Investigators

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