AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2017 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.

28th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 9:00 a.m.
Garden Grove Community Meeting Center
11300 Stanford Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840
(714) 741-5262

Those participating in the program included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Garden Grove Police Department Color Guard
Assistant Chief Don Goodbrand, California Highway Patrol Border Division
Invocation: Assistant Chaplain Jim Davis, Orange County Sheriff's Department
Introduction: Assistant Chief Don GoodbrandCalifornia Highway Patrol Border Division
Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Pat Haslam, KOCE "Real Orange" Reporter
Guest Speaker:  Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Presentation of Awards: Assistant Chief Don GoodbrandCalifornia Highway Patrol Border Division 
Mr. Mick O'Neill, Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter
Ms. Dawnde Pence, Automobile Club of Southern California
Special Presentations: Mr. Kevin Gauthier, LoJack Corporation
Ms. Jaime Sterling, Orange County Automobile Dealers Association

CHP Border Assistant Chief Don GoodbrandCalifornia Highway Patrol Border Division Assistant Chief Don Goodbrand, introduced the Garden Grove Police Department Color Guard who presented the United States and California flags on the front stage.  Chief Goodbrand led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Chief Goodbrand then introduced Orange County Sheriff's Department Assistant Chaplain Jim Davis who gave the invocation. 

Orange County Sheriff's Department  Assistant Chaplain Jim DavisChief Goodbrand then explained that ATAC was a subcommittee of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association, allowing ATAC to provide donors with the benefits of a non-profit organization. 

Chief Goodbrand spoke about this year's selection process.  Chief Goodbrand 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. 

Master of Ceremonies Pat HaslamChief Goodbrand then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam.  Mr. Haslam has been the voice of Orange County ATAC for the past 28 years.  Mr. Haslam is a familiar voice and face in Orange County.  He is known to many in Orange County as “Dr. Drive” for his many years as the traffic reporter for Orange County News Channel.  Pat was also a feature reporter for KOCE-TV’s news magazine “Real Orange”.  Pat retired from KNX news radio in April of 2016.  He was with KNX 1070 for 18 years as a news anchor.  Mr. Haslam gave an opening address and then welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the breakfast buffet. 

After the brunch, Pat Haslam introduced Mr. Kevin Gauthier, Law Enforcement Liaison for LoJack Corporation (Orange County Area).  Kevin conducted the drawing of tickets for a LoJack Security unit.  LoJack donated a LoJack tracking unit to A.T.A.C. that was given as a door prize for attending the event.  The winner of the LoJack was this year's Buena Park Police Department Nominee Tom Carney

Guest Speaker Orange County District Attorney Tony RackauckasPat Haslam then introduced the guest speaker, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.  Mr. Rackauckas spoke about the great work that the nominees of 2017 did in recovering stolen vehicles.  Mr. Rackauckas also spoke about how the decriminalization and lowering of criminal penalties for crimes has led to the increase in theft crimes.

Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam then announced the Orange County 2017 Recovery Officer of the Year Recipients as Assistant Chief Don Goodbrand and Automobile Club of Southern California SIU Manager Dawnde Pence, presented the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.  Along with their Recovery Officer of the Year plaques, each recipient received a certificate of congressional recognition, as well as recognition from the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

Pat Haslam introduced Orange County Automobile Dealers Association Business Manager Jaime Sterling who made a presentation to the top five officers recognized during the awards presentation, giving a check for $200 in the name of the top five recipients for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club in their respective cities. 

This year's recipients are (by agency):


ORANGE COUNTY 2017 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Anaheim Police Department Officer Kevin Flanagan
Brea Police Department Officer Todd Schmaltz
Buena Park Police Department Officer Tom Carney
California Highway Patrol - Capistrano Area Officer Shaun Conner
California Highway Patrol - Santa Ana Area Officer Daniel Reich
California Highway Patrol - Westminster Area Officer Jeff Moody
Cal State University Fullerton Police Department Officer David Grkinich
Costa Mesa Police Department Officer Jared Barnes
Cypress Police Department No Nominee submitted by agency
Fountain Valley Police Department Officer Brian Mosher
Fullerton Police Department Corporal David Becerra
Garden Grove Police Department Officer Officer Nick Almeida
Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Sean McDonough
Irvine Police Department Officer James Litchfield
Laguna Beach Police Department Corporal Luke Gilbertson
La Habra Police Department Officer Jose Sanchez Jr.
La Palma Police Department Officer Dylan Cook
Los Alamitos Police Department Officer Garrett Kiehl
Newport Beach Police Department Officer Michelle Hampton
Orange County Sheriff's Department - Lake Forest Deputy Rodney Elcock
Orange County Sheriff's Department - North Deputy Dustin Womack
Orange County Sheriff's Department - San Clemente Deputy Cynthia Greene
Orange County Sheriff's Department - San Juan Capistrano Deputy Carl Dossland
Orange County Sheriff's Department - Stanton Deputy Paulino Chavez
Orange County Sheriff's Department - Yorba Linda Deputy Stephan Harder
Orange Police Department Officer Corey Trippy
Placentia Police Department Officer Daniel Rodriguez
Santa Ana Police Department Officer Michael Gibbons
Seal Beach Police Department Officer Jon Ainley
Tustin Police Department Officer Travis Wilson
University of California Irvine Police Department No Nominee submitted by agency
Westminster Police Department Officer Daniel McCarthy

Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above was nominated for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2017.  In 2017, these 30 officers / deputies, representing almost every law enforcement agency in Orange County, arrested a total of 322 vehicle theft suspects and recovered 471 vehicles valued in excess of $4.076 million dollars.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Michael Gibbons of the Santa Ana Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 68 vehicles, including 52 "rolling stolens," resulting in 57 arrests, with a recovery value in excess of $1,136,800.  Officer Gibbons has worked diligently and had a significant impact on the vehicle theft problem not only in Santa Ana, but the entire County of Orange.  This was Officer Gibbons' third consecutive Top Recovery Officer of the Year Award.  Officer Gibbons was presented with a check for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.  Santa Ana Police Sergeant Kanan Blake accepted the Perpetual Winner's Award that goes to the Top Officer's Department to be displayed until next year's Awards Ceremony.  

Officer Corey Trippy of the Orange Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the 2nd most stolen vehicles in the county, recovering 104 stolen vehicles, including 23 "rolling stolen," resulting in 38 arrests, with a recovery value in excess of $438,000.  A majority of the suspects arrested were repeat offenders.  Officer Trippy utilized a combination of patrol techniques, LPR technology, reviewed stolen vehicle reports, and had knowledge of crime trends in the area he patrols based on information gathered by Crime Analysis Units.  He takes the "extra" investigative steps in efforts to identify who was in possession of stolen vehicles.  Officer Trippy was presented with a check for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Orange by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Officer Kevin Flanagan of the Anaheim Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 59 vehicles, including 28 "rolling stolens," resulting in 42 arrests, with a recovery value in excess of $295,000.  Officer Flanagan is one of the "regulars" when it comes to vehicle theft efforts and the ATAC Awards.  Officer Flanagan has been selected as the top ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year four times in the last ten years.  Officer Flanagan utilizes his years of expertise, a combination of patrol techniques, and usage of resources such as LPR and LoJack recovery systems to continually recover stolen vehicles and arrest vehicle theft suspects.  Officer Flanagan, was presented with a check for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Officer Tom Carney of the Buena Park Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, recovering 55 stolen vehicles, including 26 "rolling stolens," resulting in 42 arrests, with a recovery value in excess of $500,000.  Many of these stolen vehicles were located unoccupied, and rather than simply recovering these vehicles, Officer Carney took the time to establish and maintain surveillance of these vehicles resulting in the high number of arrests and criminal charges.  Officer Carney is one of the "regulars" when it comes to vehicle theft efforts and the ATAC Awards.  Officer Carney has been selected as the top ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year five times in the last fifteen years.  Officer Carney was presented with a check for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Buena Park by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Officer Nick Almeida of the Garden Grove Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, recovering 22 stolen vehicles, including 17 "rolling stolens," making 20 arrests, with a recovery value in excess of $220,000.  Officer Almeida was presented with a check for the Orange County Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

Mr. Haslam then introduced and thanked the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee members who put together the awards presentation; Ms. Martha Jones-Joseph, and Ms. Geraldine Ward of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Mr. Gustavo Cicarelli of the California Highway Patrol;  Ms. Melissa Somers of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California; Mr. Mick O'Neill, from the Hagerty Insurance Special Investigations Unit, Mr. Dennis Frias from Locator Technologies; Detective Johnny Miyasaki, from the Long Beach Police Department; Ms. Lissette Ward, Orange County District Attorney's Office; Sgt. Rich Koenig and Sgt. Fel Navarro from the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force; and Retired Detective Gary Labb, from the Santa Ana Police Department / Orange County Auto Theft Task Force.

A special thanks to the City of Garden Grove for this year's venue and Color Guard, and to many of the sponsors in attendance, Dennis Frias and Tony Ko from Locator Technologies, the Knapp and Spurlock Law Firm, Kevin Gauthier and Ted Saraf of the LoJack Corporation, Keith Jackson of KBJ Investigations, Mick O'Neill from Hagerty Insurance SIU, our partners from Enterprise Rent a Car, Gary Labb, the entire WSATI Board, and John Sackrison and Jaime Sterling of the Orange County Auto Dealers Association for their tremendous support of our program.

2017 Orange County ATAC Committee

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

2017 Orange County ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Recipients

Mr. Haslam then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation.  Special thanks go to the following individuals, organizations, and businesses for participating in and sponsoring Orange County's Auto Theft Advisory Committee and its Officers of the Year Program:

 
Automobile Association of Southern California
Knapp & Spurlock, LLP
California Highway Patrol - Border Division
Gary Labb
City of Garden Grove
Locator Technologies, LLC
Enterprise Rent-a-Car
LoJack Corporation
Hagerty Insurance
Orange County Auto Theft Investigators (OCATI)
KBJ Investigations, LLC
Orange County Automobile Dealers Association (OCADA)
Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association (WSATI), Southern Chapter

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