AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2007 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.


18th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 9:00 a.m. - The Irvine Marriott Hotel

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Irvine Police Department Honor Guard
  Sergeant Dennis Friass, CHP Border FEAR
Invocation: Assistant Chief Steve Beeuwsaert, CHP Border Division
Introduction: Lieutenant John Marinez, CHP Border Auto Theft
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Pat Haslam, KNX News Radio
Guest Speaker:  Commissioner Joseph Farrow, California Highway Patrol
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. Ted Saraf, LoJack Corporation

Irvine Police Department Honor Guard Presenting the ColorsIrvine Police Department Honor Guard Presenting the ColorsATAC 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 CHP Border Division Assistant Chief Steve Beeuwsaert 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 WSATI representatives Mr. Gary Labb, Mr. Dave Petrelli, and Mr. Bud Hood.

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; the National Insurance Crime Bureau, Mr. Ralph Lumpkin; 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 18 years.  Mr. Haslam gave an opening address and then welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the breakfast buffet.

After the brunch, 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 Western States Auto Theft Investigators Webmaster Gary Labb

Irvine Police Department Chief Dave Maggard receiving recognition plaque for his department's Honor GuardPat Haslam then requested that Irvine Police Department Chief Dave Maggard come to the podium.  Chief Maggard was then presented with a plaque for his department's Honor Guard which has presented the colors during the past several years during the ATAC Award Presentations taking place in Irvine.

Pat Haslam then introduced the guest speaker, California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joseph Farrow. Commissioner Farrow spoke about the co-operative effort he saw taking place at ATAC between law enforcement and private industry, as well as the co-operative effort he sees daily between local, county, and CHP officers involving pursuits of stolen vehicles throughout the state.  Commissioner Farrow thanked those in attendance for the job that they have performed.

The awards awaiting the calling of the names...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, accompanied by Sossi Keuylian of Lamborghini Orange County, was then called to the stage to make a presentation to the top five officers recognized during the awards presentation. 

This year's recipients were (by agency):
 

ORANGE COUNTY 2007 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Anaheim Police Department Officer Kevin Flanagan
Brea Police Department Officer Richard Salcido
Buena Park Police Department No Nominee
CHP - Capistrano Area Officer Mark Tan
CHP - Santa Ana Area Officer James Dunn
CHP - Westminster Area Officer Brian Joy
Cal State Fullerton Police Department Corporal Jack Dunlap
Cal State Fullerton Police Department Officer Peter Dupree
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Kha Bao
Cypress Police Department Officer Ross Bowlin
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer David Cabrera
Fullerton Police Department Officer Matt Martinez
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Jim Franks
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Shawn Randell
Irvine Police Department Officer David Etlinger
Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Paul Bixby
La Habra Police Department Officer Paul Martinez
La Palma Police Department Officer Brian Rapp
Los Alamitos Police Department Corporal Rick Moore
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Elijah Hayward
Orange County Sheriff's - South Deputy Harrison Manhart
Orange County Sheriff's - West Deputy Peter Mach
Orange Police Department No Nominee
Placentia Police Department Detective Richard Browning
Santa Ana Police Department Officer Gregory Stys
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Joe Garcia
Tustin Police Department Officer Ian Wise
Westminster Police Department Officer Dan McCarthy
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2007.  Combined, these officers recovered 285 vehicles in 2007, valued at over $2,479,822.00 and arrested 97 people.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Kevin Flanagan of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 41 vehicles, including 12 "rolling stolens," resulting in 17 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $332,100.00.  An example of Officer Flanagan's efforts occurred in August 2007 when he observed a stolen GMC Yukon parked in a motel parking lot.  He requested assistance with surveillance and eventually arrested three people, one a parolee-at-large.  The suspects were in possession of methamphetamine and were out on bail on drug related charges.  Officer Flanagan was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.  Anaheim Police Department Deputy Chief Craig Hunter was then called to the podium to receive the Perpetual Winner's Award that goes to the Top Officer's Department to be displayed until next year's Awards Ceremony.

Officer Gregory Stys of the Santa Ana Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county, 66 vehicles, including 8 "rolling stolens," resulting in 9 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $207,000.00.  Officer Stys arrested a suspect 2 hours after he and two others carjacked a victim using a handgun and a shotgun.  The suspect later confessed to two additional carjackings in Santa Ana.  Between February and May of 2007, Officer Stys investigated a case involving the theft of 16 vehicles that were moving between Santa Ana and Inglewood.  Officer Stys determined the suspects were juveniles who had recently moved from Inglewood and were stealing the vehicles to return to Inglewood.  Officer Stys was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Shawn Randell of the Huntington Beach Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles throughout the county, 7 vehicles, including 4 "rolling stolens," resulting in 6 arrests, with a recovery value of $49,000.00.  Officer Randell made an arrest of a suspect for vehicle theft and the investigation led to the arrest of a group of people who were responsible for compromising the credit information of a number of victims.  The suspects used the stolen information to fraudulently obtain stolen property in the victim's names.  Two of these suspects ultimately received prison terms.  Officer Randell was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Beach, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Deputy Peter Mach of the Orange County Sheriff's Department, Stanton Police Services, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolenvehicles in the county, 14 vehicles, including 3 "rolling stolens," resulting in 3 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $20,00.00.  Deputy Mach was recognized in 2007 by the ATAC Committee for his efforts in vehicle theft recovery.  He has been recognized by the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff's to receive the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 and has been recognized for his efforts in detecting DUI drivers by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  Deputy Mach was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Officer Kha Bao of the Costa Mesa Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 14 vehicles, including 2 "rolling stolen," resulting in 2 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $117,000.00.   Officer Bao is currently assigned to the Field Operations Division as a Patrol Officer.  Officer Bao accomplished these theft recoveries in conjunction with responding to calls for service and serving community needs.  Each suspect that Officer Bao arrested had lengthy criminal records and were habitual career criminals.  His dedication to serve his community and his proactive enforcement efforts have contributed to suppressing the rate of auto thefts which were occurring in the city of Costa Mesa.  Officer Bao's efforts and working relationship with the Auto Theft Detective has benefited the citizens of Costa Mesa.  Officer Bao was presented with a check for his designated charity, the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Costa Mesa, by John Sackrison, Executive Director of the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association. 

Mr. John Sackrison, Officer Kevin Flanagan, Officer Gregory Stys, Officer Shawn Randell, Deputy Peter Mach, Officer Kha Bao, Ms. Sossi Keuylian

ATAC also recognized three additional officers for their efforts, presenting them with Honorable Mention plaques.

Laguna Beach Police Department Officer Paul Bixby heard parking enforcement officers running a VIN which returned to a reported stolen vehicle.  The driver returned to the car and drove away from the area.  Officer Bixby located the vehicle and went in pursuit.  The driver attempted to flee on foot and was captured by Officer Bixby.  The driver was later determined to be wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, felony vandalism, and gang enhancements.  The suspect was a known Diablos member and was in possession of items which were possibly used in armed robberies.

Newport Beach Police Department Officer Elijah Hayward has led the Department Patrol and Traffic Divisions in all arrests and his hard work and dedication led to his selection as a member of the Narcotics Unit.  Officer Hayward arrested an auto theft suspect who was on parole for the same crime committed in Newport Beach.  On another occasion, Officer Hayward took a stolen report on a vehicle and later responded to a suspicious person call.  Officer Hayward, who had previously viewed video tape of the vehicle theft report he had previously made, recognized the suspect from the tape and made and arrest.  On another occasion, Officer Hayward observed a driver who was acting suspicious.  Officer Hayward established probable cause, made contact with the driver, and determined the vehicle was stolen.

Tustin Police Department Officer Ian Wise observed a vehicle coming towards him.  The driver appeared to be acting suspicious and Officer Wise ran the plate and it returned stolen.  Officer Wise went in pursuit of the stolen vehicle for 45 miles before the suspect gave up.  The driver had 22 convictions for theft related crimes.  Found in the vehicle were burglary tools and drug paraphernalia.  On another occasion, Officer Wise observed a vehicle with no license plates.  Officer Wise again went in pursuit which resulted in a foot pursuit.  The suspect was captured and the vehicle was found to be stolen.  Inside the vehicle was stolen property and illegal drugs.

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating in 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
LoJack Corporation National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)
Orange County Automobile Dealers Association Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT)
Orange County Sheriff's Department Remington Elsag Law Enforcement Systems
Toyota Financial Services Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association

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