AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2004 RECOVERY 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. A.T.A.C. is a subcommittee of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter.

15th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 9:30 a.m. - The Marriott Suites Anaheim

THOSE PARTICIPATING INCLUDED:

Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Joe Thrasher, Newport Beach Police / OCATT
Invocation: Senior Chaplain Kathleen Rutland, Orange County Sheriffs Department
Introduction: Special Agent Mark Stowell, National Insurance Crime Bureau
Master of Ceremonies:  Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Mr. Thomas V. McKernan, CEO/President AAA Southern California
Presentation of Awards: Special Agent Mark Stowell, National Insurance Crime Bureau
  Assemblyman Todd Spitzer,  California Assembly District 71
Special Presentation: Joette Lyon, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association
ATAC Chairperson National Insurance Crime Bureau Special Agent Mark Stowell introduced Newport Beach Police / OCATT Sergeant Joe Thrasher who led the Pledge of Allegiance.  This was followed by Orange County Sheriffs Department Chaplain Kathleen Rutland presenting the invocation.

Special Agent Stowell 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 organization.

Special Agent Stowell then introduced and thanked the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee members who put together the awards presentation; Mr. Dan Brogdan, Ms. Martha Jones Joseph, and Ms. Geraldine Gary of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Diana Rummel, the former director of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California and Mr. Earl Gunnerson, the current director of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California; Investigator Bud Hood of the Orange County Sheriffs Department/OCATT; Investigator Gary Labb of the Santa Ana Police Department/OCATT; and Lieutenant Rick Pena of the California Highway Patrol/OCATT.

Special Agent Stowell then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, President Clay James; Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Security Manager Bill Harris; and Toyota Financial Services, Mr. Anthony Ko and Mr. Bart Fleweling.

Special Agent Stowell spoke about the changes that took place in this year's selection process.  Special Agent Stowell 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. 

Special Agent Stowell  then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam.  Agent Stowell presented Mr. Haslam with a plaque to both commemorate and thank Mr. Haslam for being the voice of Orange County ATAC for the past 15 years.  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, Automobile Club of Southern California CEO and President Thomas V. McKernan.  Mr. Haslam presented Mr. McKernan with a plaque to commemorate the Automobile Club of Southern California's continuous participation and sponsorship of the Orange County ATAC Awards for the past 15 years.

Pat Haslam then announced the winners as Special Agent Stowell and Assemblyman Todd Spitzer handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.

Orange County Automobile Dealers Association Manager Joette Lyon was then called to the stage to make a presentation to the top five officers recognized during the awards presentation.  Mr. Haslam presented Ms. Lyon with a plaque to commemorate and thank the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association for their generous support of the Orange County ATAC Awards over the past years.
 

                   ORANGE COUNTY 2004 OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Anaheim Police Department Officer Mark Lillemoen
Brea Police Department Officer Dave Jones
Buena Park Police Department Officer Tom Carney
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Robert Rand
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Carlo Marzocca
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Tarek Graves
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Larry Fettis
Cypress Police Department Officer Eric Mount
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer Pat Estes
Fullerton Police Department Officer Eric Bridges
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Pete Garcia
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Cliff Kraus
Irvine Police Department Officer Steve Giannini
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer John Falk
La Habra Police Department Officer Paul McPhillips
La Palma Police Department Officer Joe Guerrero
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Chris Karrer
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Shawn Randell
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Michael Beachner
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Jeffrey Hallock
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy John Borrego
Orange Police Department Officer Ryan Johnson
Placentia Police Department Officer Randy McWilliams
Santa Ana Police Department Officer Jim Garcia
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Al Cabrera
Tustin Police Department Officer Gerardo Zuniga
Westminster Police Department Officer Ken Pate
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2004.  Combined, these officers recovered 399 vehicles in 2004, valued at over $2,283,606.00 and arrested 131 people.

Officer Tom Carney, Officer Gerardo Zuniga, Officer Larry Fettis, Officer Mark Lillemoen, Officer Jim Garcia

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, 80 vehicles, including 20 "rolling stolens," resulting in 26 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $489,222.00.  Officer Carney was also the winner of the 2003 ATAC Officer of the Year Award.  Officer Carney was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Buena Park Police Activity League, by Joette Lyon, Manager 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, 57 vehicles, including 11 "rolling stolens," resulting in 16 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $176,500.00.  Officer Garcia was also the runner-up in the 2003 ATAC Officer of the Year Awards.  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, 34 vehicles, including 5 "rolling stolens," resulting in 6 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $231,000.00.  Officer Lillemoen was also the Officer with the third most recoveries in the 2003 and 2002 ATAC Officer of the Year Awards.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Lillemoen's designated charity, the American Diabetes Association.

Officer Larry Fettis of the Costa Mesa Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 14 vehicles, including 7 "rolling stolens," resulting in 10 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $110,000.00.  The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Fettis' designated charity, the Boys and Girls Club of Costa Mesa.

Officer Gerardo Zuniga of the Tustin Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 10 vehicles, including 7 "rolling stolen," resulting in 10 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $80,000.00.   The Orange County Automobile Dealers Association presented a donation check to Officer Zuniga's designated charity, the Tustin Family Youth Center.

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.

Automobile Club of Southern California California Highway Patrol
Crime Prevention Program of Southern California Enterprise Rent-A-Car
National Insurance Crime Bureau Orange County Automobile Dealers Association
Orange County Auto Theft Task Force Orange County Sheriffs Department
Santa Ana Police Department State Farm Insurance
Toyota Financial Services Western States Auto Theft Investigators Assn

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