AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2003 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 4th, 2004 - Santa Ana Elks Lodge Crystal Ballroom

THOSE PARTICIPATING INCLUDED:

Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Joe Thrasher, Newport Beach Police / OCATT
Invocation: Pastor Roger Wing, Calvary Chapel
Introduction: Lieutenant Rick Pena, CHP / Border Division ISU
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Chief Skip Carter, CHP Border Division
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Rick Pena, CHP / Border Division ISU
Bill Harris, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Special Presentation: John Sackrison, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association

ATAC Chairperson CHP / Border Division ISU Lieutenant Rick Pena introduced Newport Beach Police / OCATT Sergeant Joe Thrasher who led the Pledge of Allegiance.  This was followed by Huntington Beach Police Chaplain Roger Wing presenting the invocation.

Lieutenant Pena then explained that ATAC was now a subcommittee of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association, allowing ATAC to provide donors with the benefits of a tax free organziation.

Lieutenant Pena spoke about the changes that took place in this year's selection process.  Lieutenant Pena said that significant pro-active contributions by officers to reduce auto theft, combined with a higher emphasis on "rolling stolens" were the elements of the criteria to be considered. 

Lieutenant Pena 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, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Skip Carter.

Pat Haslam then announced the winners as Lieutenant Pena and Enterprise Rent-A-Car Security Manager Bill Harris handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.

               ORANGE COUNTY 2003 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
 

Anaheim Police Department Officer Mark Lillemoen
Brea Police Department Corporal Santo Porto
Buena Park Police Department Officer Tom Carney
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Justin Sherwood
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Janelle Zaspal
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Erin Winstead
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Aaron Thomas
Cypress Police Department Officer Dean Pinvidic
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer Adam Wertenstein
Fullerton Police Department No Nominee
Garden Grove Police Department Sergeant Travis Whitman
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Jeff Huss
Irvine Police Department Officer Lisa Peasley
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Tony White
La Habra Police Department Officer Paul McPhillips
La Palma Police Department Officer Les Parsons
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Jeff Gibson
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Tom Weizoerick
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Ronald Lucker
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Timmothy Pusztai
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy William Youngson
Orange Police Department Officer Mike Starnes
Placentia Police Department Officer Richard Browning
Santa Ana Police Department Officer Jim Garcia
Seal Beach Police Department Corporal Kaye Moulton
Tustin Police Department Officer Matthew Nunley
Westminster Police Department Officer Daniel McCarthy
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2003.  Combined, these officers recovered 308 vehicles in 2003, valued at over $1,671,170.00 and arrested 116 people.

Top 5 2003 A.T.A.C. Officer of the Year Award Winners

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Tom Carney of the Buena Park Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 61 vehicles, including 10 "rolling stolens," resulting in 19 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $344,019.00.  Officer Carney was the runner up in the 2002 ATAC Officer of the Year Awards Presentation.  Officer Carney was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Buena Park Police Activity League, by John Sackrison, Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Jim Garcia of the Santa Ana Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county, 46 vehicles, including 10 "rolling stolens," resulting in 21 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $150,500.00.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Garcia's designated charity, the Orange County Bar Foundation.

Officer Mark Lillemoen of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county, 33 vehicles, including 9 "rolling stolens," resulting in 15 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $150,480.00.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Lillemoen's designated charity, the American Diabetes Association.

Sergeant Travis Whitman of the Garden Grove Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 8 vehicles, including 6 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $36,000.00.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Sergeant Whitman's designated charity, the Ronald McDonald House.

Officer Daniel McCarthy of the Westminster Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 24 vehicles, including 1 "rolling stolen," resulting in 2 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $109,440.00.   The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer McCarthy's designated charity, the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating and sponsoring 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 fourteen years.

Automobile Club of Southern California California Highway Patrol
Enterprise Rent-A-Car LoJack Corporation
National Insurance Crime Bureau Orange County Automobile Dealers Association
Orange County Auto Theft Investigators Orange County Auto Theft Task Force
Orange County District Attorneys Office Orange County Sheriffs Department
Santa Ana Police Department Western States Auto Theft Investigators

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