ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR
AWARDS PRESENTATION BRUNCH
|The 27th Annual Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery
Officer of the Year Awards Brunch took place on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
Grove Community Meeting Center.
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.
"It’s a pleasure to be here again, to honor our local law enforcement as well as share with you some of the magnificent efforts that our Orange County officers and deputies put forth consistently to apprehend auto theft criminals.
Unfortunately, Orange County continues to experience an on-going vehicle theft problem: Stolen vehicles are used by the criminal element for robberies of businesses and private citizens, for violent gang activity, and other serious crimes. As we witness all too often on the news, these stolen vehicles are often used to flee from police officers, endangering the lives of the public and law enforcement officers. Organized crime groups continue to steal vehicles for the benefit of their illegal enterprises, including the use of the vehicles for smuggling, drugs, and illegal exportation to other countries.
Law Enforcement Officers throughout Orange County continued to wage the battle against the crime of Vehicle Theft. In 2016, due to the hard work and arrests made by Orange County Law Enforcement Officers, Vehicle Thefts decreased 9.2%.
By sponsoring the Vehicle Theft Recovery Officers of the Year Program, ATAC intends to raise public awareness in three ways:
First: ATAC will continue to recognize the positive results local law enforcement efforts have had upon the vehicle theft problem in Orange County.
Second: ATAC will continue to work with the media and the community to produce public awareness messages about the vehicle theft problem, and to provide tips to help prevent thefts.
And Third: It’s the reason we are gathered today –
ATAC will continue to recognize those officers in Orange
The criteria qualifying an officer for the award consist of these conditions:
1) The sworn peace officer must have been a regular “road” patrol officer when he or she earned the statistics qualifying that person for the award. This means that officers assigned to vehicle theft investigative positions, or task force assignments, are ineligible, because they would have had an unfair advantage.
2) Awards are usually presented to one individual, unless the agency has nominated a two-officer team, who will then share the award.
3) ATAC carefully reviews the nomination submissions forwarded by each law enforcement agency and places a higher emphasis on rolling vehicle recoveries, arrests, and significant case highlights, as submitted by the nominating agencies."
As presented by Master of Ceremonies
Pat Haslam, Real Orange KOCE Public TV Featured Reporter, at the
May 10th, 2017 A.T.A.C. Officer of the Year Awards Presentation.
ORANGE COUNTY AUTO THEFT ADVISORY
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