AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2002 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 6th, 2003 - 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
Introduction Bill Harris, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Chief Kenneth Small, Huntington Beach Police
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Lisa Wrobel, CHP / Border Division ISU
Bill deGuzman, Allstate Insurance (Retired)
Special Presentation: John Sackrison
Orange County Automobile Dealers Association

Outgoing ATAC Chairperson CHP / Border Division ISU Lieutenant Lisa Wrobel 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 Wrobel then introduced the newly elected President of ATAC, Bill Harris of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Security.  Bill introduced the new ATAC Board, Vice President Maggie Mitchell from the CHP Border Division Investigative Services Unit, Secretary Carol VanNatter from the Automobile Club of Southern California Special Investigations Unit, and treasurer Bill deGuzman a retiree from Allstate Insurance Special Investigations Unit.

Bill spoke about changes that will be taking place in the next year.  He said that the Auto Theft Advisory Committee would be taking a new direction in the selection process of the Recovery Officer of the Year.  Bill said that significant pro-active contributions by officers to reduce auto theft, combined with a higher emphasis on "rolling stolens" will be the elements of the criteria to be considered.  Bill also said that he was looking forward to other changes in the Auto Theft Advisory Committee which will aid efforts to increase public awareness of vehicle theft.

Bill then introduced the 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, Huntington Beach Police Chief Kenneth Small.

Pat Haslam then announced the winners as Lieutenant Wrobel 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 2002 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
 

Anaheim Police Department Officer Mark Lillemoen
Brea Police Department Officer Chris Harvey
Buena Park Police Department Officer Tom Carney
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Jason Penner
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Janelle Zaspal
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Marco Degennaro
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Derek Trusk
Cypress Police Department No Nominee
Fullerton Police Department Senior Officer Gary Potts
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Kory Ferrin
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Steven Wickser
Irvine Police Department Officer Kevin Von Luft
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Greg Hiler
La Habra Police Department Officer Joel Aragon
La Palma Police Department Officer Jose Guerrero
Los Alamitos Police Department Corporal Maria O'Connell
Newport Beach Police Department Officer William Beverly
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Robert Lopez
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Aubrey Carroll
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy Jeffrey Newberry
Orange Police Department Officer David Garcia
Placentia Police Department Officer Brian Perry
Santa Ana Police Department Officer James Geist
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Al Cabrerra
Tustin Police Department Officer Luis Garcia
Westminster Police Department Officer William Eifert

2002 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 2002.  Combined, these officers recovered 289 vehicles in 2002, valued at over $1,783,560.00 and arrested 100 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, 58 vehicles, including 14 "rolling stolens," resulting in 19 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $213,500.00.  Officer Geist has remained in one of the top two positions overall for vehicle recoveries for the past five years.  In that time he has made 76 auto theft related arrests and recovered a total of 159 vehicles valued at $1,009,616.00.

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

Additionally John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented the top five officers a donation check to their designated charity. 

Officer James Geist chose the Arthritis Foundation.

Officer Tom Carney of the Buena Park 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 Carney's designated charity, the Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park.

Officer Mark Lillemoen of the Anaheim 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 Lillemoen's designated charity, the American Diabetes Association.

Officer Kory Ferrin of the Garden Grove 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 Ferrin's designated charity, the National Parkinson Foundation.

Officer William Eifert of the Westminster 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 Eifert's designated charity, the American Cancer Society.

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 twelve years.

Allstate Insurance Company Automobile Club of Southern California
California Highway Patrol Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Huntington Beach Police Department Richard O. Knapp and Associates
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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