AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2006 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.


17th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Thursday, May 24, 2007 9:30 a.m. - The Irvine Marriott Hotel

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Irvine Police Department Honor Guard
  Sergeant Dennis Frias, CHP Border FEAR
Invocation: Senior Chaplain Kathleen Rutland, Orange County Sheriffs Department
Introduction: Lieutenant John Marinez, CHP Border Auto Theft
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Sheriff Michael S. Corona, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner
Mr. Bob Bouttier, President/CEO Automobile Club of Southern California
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant John Marinez, CHP Border Auto Theft
  Sergeant Dennis Frias, CHP Border FEAR
Special Presentation: Mr. John Sackrison, Executive Director Orange County Automobile Dealers Assn
Mr. Rick Greenwood, Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association
Mr. Ted Saraf, LoJack Corporation

Irvine Police Honor Guard

ATAC Chairperson Lieutenant  John Marinez introduced the Irvine Police Department Honor Guard who presented the United States and California flags on the front stage.  Lieutenant Marinez then introduced CHP Border Sergeant Dennis Frias who led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced Orange County Sheriffs Department Chaplain Kathleen Rutland who gave the invocation.

Lieutenant Marinez 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.

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced and thanked the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee members who put together the awards presentation; Mr. Dan Brogdon, Ms. Martha Jones Joseph, and Ms. Geraldine Gary of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Mr. Gustavo Cicirelli, Ms. Brandi Wade, Ms. Tiffany Jones, Sergeant Dennis Frias, and Sergeant Steve Reyes of the California Highway Patrol; Ms. Diana Rummel, the former director of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California; Mr. Tony Ko, Toyota Motor Credit; Mr. Ted Saraf, LoJack Corporation; and Mr. Gary Labb of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, Western Regional Chapter (Santa Ana Police Department/OCATT retired).

Lieutenant Marinez then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association, Executive Director John Sackrison; Toyota Financial Services, Mr. Anthony Ko; and Lojack Corporation, Mr. Ted Saraf.

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

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam.  Mr. Haslam has been the voice of Orange County ATAC for the past 17 years.  Mr. Haslam gave an opening address and then welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the breakfast buffet.

2006 Guest Speaker AAA Southern California CEO/President Bob Bouttier

After the brunch, Pat Haslam then introduced the first guest speaker, Orange County Sheriff Michael Carona.  Sheriff Carona spoke about the vehicle theft problem in Orange County.  Sheriff Carona thanked those in attendance for the job that they have performed.

Pat Haslam then introduced the second guest speaker, Automobile Club of Southern California CEO and President Bob Bouttier.  Mr. Bouttier spoke about vehicle theft and its effects on insurance companies and how in 2006 there was a reduction in the number of vehicle thefts among AAA clients.  Mr. Bouttier thanked the Award Recipients for the job they did in recovering stolen vehicles.

Pat Haslam then announced the winners as Lieutenant Marinez, with Sergeant Frias assisting, handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.

Orange County Automobile Dealers Executive Director Mr. John Sackrison was then called to the stage to make a presentation to the top five officers recognized during the awards presentation. 

Pat Haslam then introduced Rick Greenwood, Vice President of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter.  Rick explained that WSATI, in its efforts to educate and train, had included in each departments' recipient package, a certificate to cover the training seminar registration fees for the upcoming 36th Annual WSATI Training Seminar taking place in San Diego in September.

Pat Haslam then introduced Mr. Ted Saraf, Law Enforcement Liaison for LoJack Corporation, who conducted the drawing of raffle tickets.  LoJack donated a LoJack tracking device to A.T.A.C. to be raffled off at the brunch in order to secure funds to keep Orange County ATAC going in the future.  Mr. Saraf drew the ticket of Enterprise Rent-A-Truck Manager Bill Harris

This year's recipients were (by agency):
 

ORANGE COUNTY 2006 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Anaheim Police Department Officer Dietrich Miessner
Brea Police Department Officer Dave Wearp
Buena Park Police Department Officer Tom Carney
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Eric Barnard
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer Jim Kawanaka
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Brian Joy
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Anthony Reitz
Cypress Police Department Officer Michael Sellers
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer Pat Estes
Fullerton Police Department Officer Timothy Haid
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Pete Garcia
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Kevin Johnson
Irvine Police Department Officer Ed Kim
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Andy Peck
La Habra Police Department Officer Nicholas Baclit
La Palma Police Department Officer Eric Kent
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Philip Milam
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Elijah Hayward
Orange County Sheriffs - North Deputy Michael Beachner
Orange County Sheriffs - South Deputy Mihail Danciulescu / Deputy Quyen Vuong
Orange County Sheriffs - West Deputy Peter Mach
Orange Police Department Officer Chris Moten
Placentia Police Department Officer Randy McWilliams
Santa Ana Police Department Officer Gustavo Moroyoqui
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Joe Hardin
Tustin Police Department Officer David Welde
Westminster Police Department Officer Scott Gump
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2006.  Combined, these officers recovered 342 vehicles in 2006, valued at over $2,769,626.00 and arrested 202 people.

Officer Dietrich Miessner, Officer Randy McWilliams, Mr. John Sackrison, Officer Gustavo Moroyoqui, Officer Anthony Reitz

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, 58 vehicles, including 18 "rolling stolens," resulting in 29 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $430,276.00.  Officer Carney was also the recipient of the 2003 and 2004 ATAC Top Recovery Officer of the Year Awards.  Officer Carney has worked for the Buena Park Police Department since 2000.  Officer Carney has consistently represented his department and Orange County law enforcement officers by setting the highest standards in vehicle theft recovery efforts.  During the years 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, Officer Carney has recovered an outstanding 285 stolen vehicles.  Officer Carney has investigated organized vehicle theft rings in the city of Buena Park and has solved other crimes as a result of his tenacity.  Officer Carney was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Buena Park Police Activity League, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Dietrich Miessner of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county, 33 vehicles, including 16 "rolling stolens," resulting in 18 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $199,125.00.  Officer Miessner has been an Anaheim Police Officer since 2000.  He is known for making the extra effort to determine if a vehicle is stolen by contacting potential victims and exploring every avenue until he is sure of the vehicle's status.  His efforts have resulted in the discovery of many associated crimes.  Officer Miessner was the 2005 ATAC Fourth Place Recovery Officer and his consistent efforts represent the best in Orange County law enforcement.  Officer Miessner was presented with a check for his designated charity, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Randy McWilliams of the Placentia Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles throughout the county, 44 vehicles, including 12 "rolling stolens," resulting in 18 arrests, with a recovery value of $119,000.00.  Officer McWilliams has worked for the Placentia Police Department since 2002.  Officer McWilliams has a total of 13 years of law enforcement experience and has provided informal training to Placentia Police Officers and has become a role model to members of his agency.  Officer McWilliams was the 2005 ATAC Top Recovery Officer and this is his third nomination as Recovery Officer of the Year.  Officer McWilliams was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Orange County United Way, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Gustavo Moroyoqui of the Santa Ana Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 34 vehicles, including 10 "rolling stolens," resulting in 16 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $181,600.00.  During 2006, Officer Moroyoqui made a significant impact on the vehicle theft problem in the city of Santa Ana.  One suspect admitted to the thefts of two other stolen vehicles which Officer Moroyoqui also recovered.  Officer Moroyoqui was selected as the Santa Ana Police Department's Officer of the First Quarter of 2006.  Officer Moroyoqui was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Anthony Reitz of the Costa Mesa Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 22 vehicles, including 4 "rolling stolen," resulting in 5 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $237,000.00.   Officer Reitz is currently assigned to the Patrol Division as a traffic investigator and accomplished his vehicle theft efforts secondary to his service to his community's needs.  While on routine patrol, Officer Reitz monitored a radio broadcast of a carjacking which had occurred in a nearby city.  Officer Reitz located the carjacked vehicle and coordinated a safe and effective arrest of the suspect.  Officer Reitz assisted Costa Mesa Police Detectives with the recovery of a rare limited edition vehicle that belonged to a well known rock and roll musician.  The musician had played with notable artists such as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Janis Joplin among others.  And lastly, on December 30, 2006, Officer Reitz recovered 5 stolen vehicles during his assigned shift that day.  Officer Reitz was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in honor of Holly Carver, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

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 - Border Division
Irvine Marriott Hotel Irvine Police Department
LoJack Corporation Orange County Automobile Dealers Association
Orange County Sheriffs Department Toyota Financial Services
Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association

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