AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
ORANGE COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR 
AWARDS PRESENTATION BRUNCH
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The 27th Annual Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Brunch will take place on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at the Garden Grove Community Meeting Center.  Please RSVP for this event via Gus Cicarelli at gcicarelli@chp.ca.gov or 714-288-6336 x240 by Friday, April 28, 2017.

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.

Master of Ceremonies Pat Haslam

"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. 

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 2015, despite the hard work and arrests made by Orange County Law Enforcement Officers, Vehicle Thefts increased 37%.

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
County who excel in vehicle theft recoveries. These awards were developed to honor excellence in law enforcement and to encourage officers to strive for excellence in vehicle theft recovery in the future.

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 24th, 2016 A.T.A.C. Officer of the Year Awards Presentation.
 

Orange County ATAC 2015 Guest Speaker Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

ORANGE COUNTY AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
TOP RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS

YEAR RECIPIENT AGENCY AT TIME OF AWARD
2016 To Be Announced May 10, 2017  
2015 Officer Michael Gibbons Santa Ana Police Department
2014 Officer Kevin Flanagan Anaheim Police Department
2013 Officer Kevin Flanagan Anaheim Police Department
2012 Officer Tom Carney Buena Park Police Department
2011 Officer Kevin Voorhis Anaheim Police Department
2010 Officer Tom Carney Buena Park Police Department 
2009 Officer Steve Yakubovsky Buena Park Police Department
2008 Officer Kevin Flanagan Anaheim Police Department
2007 Officer Kevin Flanagan Anaheim Police Department
2006 Officer Tom Carney Buena Park Police Department
2005 Officer Randy McWilliams Placentia Police Department
2004 Officer Tom Carney Buena Park Police Department
2003 Officer Tom Carney Buena Park Police Department
2002 Officer James Geist Santa Ana Police Department
2001 Officer James Geist Santa Ana Police Department
2000 Officer Bill Allison Garden Grove Police Department
1999 Officer James Geist Santa Ana Police Department
1998 Officer Bill Allison Garden Grove Police Department
1997 Officer Eric Carter Anaheim Police Department
1996 Officer Bill Allison Garden Grove Police Department
1995 Officer Gregory S. Pelton Buena Park Police Department
1994 Officer Gregory S. Pelton Buena Park Police Department
1993 Officer Kevin Dedeaux Santa Ana Police Department
1992 Officer Troy Guidry Santa Ana Police Department
1991 Officer James Tucker Garden Grove Police Department
1990 Officer Gary Faust Garden Grove Police Department

Click on the link below to go to the Awards Presentation of your choice:

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 2016 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 2015 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 2014 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, May 8th, 2014 2013 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 2012 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, June 19th, 2012 2011 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 2010 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, June 24th, 2010 2009 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 2008 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 2007 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Thursday, May 24th, 2007 2006 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006 2005 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Wednesday, May 18th, 2005 2004 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 4th, 2004 2003 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 6th, 2003 2002 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 28th, 2002 2001 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 8th, 2001 2000 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 9th, 2000 1999 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
Friday, June 4th, 1999 1998 Vehicle Theft Officer of the Year Awards
ATAC 2015 Top Recovery Officer of the Year Michael Gibbons, Santa Ana Police
ATAC 2014 Top Recovery Officer of the Year Kevin Flanagan, Anaheim Police, Detective George Barraza accepting ATAC 2013 Recovery Officer of the Year Kevin Flanagan, Anaheim Police ATAC 2012 Recovery Officer of the Year Tom Carney, Buena Park Police ATAC 2011 Top Recovery Officer of the Year Kevin Voorhis, Anaheim Police - Award accepted by Deputy Chief Craig Hunter
ATAC 2010 Recovery Officer of the Year Tom Carney, Buena Park Police ATAC 2009 Recovery Officer of the Year Steve Yakubovsky, Buena Park Police ATAC 2008 Recovery Officer of the Year Kevin Flanagan, Anaheim Police ATAC 2007 Recovery Officer of the Year Kevin Flanagan, Anaheim Police
ATAC 2006 Recovery Officer of the Year Tom Carney, Buena Park Police ATAC 2005 Recovery Officer of the Year Randy McWilliams, Placentia Police ATAC 2004 Recovery Officer of the Year Tom Carney, Buena Park Police ATAC 2003 Recovery Officer of the Year Tom Carney, Buena Park Police
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ATAC 2002 Recovery Officer of the Year Jim Geist, Santa Ana Police ATAC 2001 Recovery Officer of the Year Jim Geist, Santa Ana Police ATAC 2000 Recovery Officer of the Year Bill Allison, Garden Grove Police ATAC 1999 Recovery Officer of the Year Jim Geist, Santa Ana Police

ATAC 1998 Recovery Officer of the Year Bill Allison, Garden Grove Police with the other 1998 Winners


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