AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2005 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTATION BRUNCH
Sponsored by the San Diego 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.


16th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Friday, June 2, 2006 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Jayne Bartholome, CHP Border Division
Invocation: Carey Norman
Introduction: Lieutenant John Marinez, CHP Border Auto Theft
Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Monica Zech, El Cajon Fire Department
Guest Speaker:  Honorable Frank A. Brown, San Diego Superior Court
Presentation of Awards: Sergeant Jayne Bartholome, CHP Border Division
  Brandi Wade, CHP Border Division
Special Presentation: Rick Greenwood, WSATI Southern Chapter Secretary

CHP Border Division Color Guard
The colors were presented by the California Highway Border Division Patrol Color Guard.

ATAC Chairperson introduced CHP Border Division Sergeant Jayne Bartholome  who led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced Mr. Carey Norman who gave the invocation.

Lieutenant Marinez 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 tax free organization.

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced and thanked the San Diego County Auto Theft Advisory Committee members who put together the awards presentation; Ms. Martha Jones Joseph and Ms. Geraldine Gary of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Brandi Wade, Ms. Tiffany Jones, andSergeant Jayne Bartholome of the California Highway Patrol. 

Lieutenant Marinez then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the New Car Dealer's Association of San Diego; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporation; Lojack Corporation; and Rancho Del Oro Towing.

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Monica Zech.  Ms. Zech gave an opening address and spoke about the changes that took place in this year's selection process.  Ms. Zech 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.  Ms. Zech welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the brunch.

After the buffet, Monica Zech then introduced the guest speaker, The Honorable Frank A. Brown, San Diego Superior Court. 

Monica Zech then announced the winners as Lieutenant  John Marinez, with Sergeant Jayne Bartholome and Brandi Wade assisting, handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the winners.

This year's recipients are (alphabetically):
 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY 2005 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Officer Scott Bartolomei San Diego Police Department / Northeastern
Deputy Todd Biller, Sr.  San Diego Sheriff's Department / Valley Center
Officer David B. Brecht San Diego Police Department / Northern
Deputy William Brown San Diego Sheriff's Department / Ramona
Deputy Charles Browning San Diego Sheriff's Department / Alpine
Officer Joshua Dafoe San Diego Police Department / Mid-City
Officer Matt Dixon Escondido Police Department
Officer Mike Doyle El Cajon Police Department
Deputy Efrain Garcia San Diego Sheriff's Department / Lemon Grove
Officer Jason Graham California Highway Patrol / El Cajon
Deputy Wallace Henderson San Diego Sheriff's Department / Fallbrook
Officer Jeff Gordon San Diego Police Department / Western
Deputy Joseph Kempton, Jr. San Diego Sheriff's Department / Encinitas
Deputy David Lytle San Diego Sheriff's Department / Poway
Deputy Rey Lyyjoki San Diego Sheriff's Department / Santee
Officer Brian MacPherson Coronado Police Department
Deputy Ronnie McFadden San Diego Sheriff's Department / Pine Valley
Deputy Leanno Martinez San Diego Sheriff's Department / Imperial Beach
Deputy Michael Myers San Diego Sheriff's Department / Vista
Officer Eric Nicholas California Highway Patrol / San Diego
Officer Michael O'Deane La Mesa Police Department
Deputy Allan Paez San Diego Sheriff's Department / San Marcos
Agent Joseph Picone Chula Vista Police Department
Officer Patrick Preston Carlsbad Police Department
Officer Omar Ramirez National City Police Department
Officer Mike Roberts Oceanside Police Department
Officer Jose Serrano California Highway Patrol / Temecula
Officer Jason Shelter California Highway Patrol / Oceanside
Officer Roger Stonier San Diego Police Department / Central
Officer Juan Tapia San Diego Police Department / Southern
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2005.  Combined, these officers recovered 769 vehicles in 2005, valued at over $5,186,780.00 and arrested 196 people.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Mike Doyle of the El Cajon Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the county, 58 vehicles, including 22 "rolling stolens," resulting in 27 arrests, with a recovery value of $382,000.00.  This is Officer Doyle's second ATAC Award.  After serving 20 years in the military, Officer Doyle started his law enforcement career and is currently with the El Cajon Police Department.  He has been with the department for 3.5 years. Chief Clifford Diamond, El Cajon Police Department accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
Officer Doyle was presented with a check for his designated charity, Disabled American Veterans, by Rick Greenwood, WSATI Southern Chapter Secretary. The check was presented to Mr. Richard Jones of DAV.

Officer Roger Stonier of the San Diego Police Department, Central Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 72 vehicles, including 12 "rolling stolens," resulting in 12 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $576,000.00.  Officer Stonier was previously his department's top recovery officer of the year in 1998, 2003, and 2004. 

Deputy Efrain Garcia of the San Diego Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county, 43 vehicles, including 11 "rolling stolens," resulting in 13 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $237,618.00.  Deputy Garcia was previously his station's top recovery officer of the year in 2002.

Officer Mike Roberts of the Oceanside Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 38 vehicles, including 11 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $235,000.00.  This was Officer Roberts' sixth ATAC award.  He was the top recovery officer in 2002. 

Officer Eric Nicholas of the California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 29 vehicles, including 10 "rolling stolen," resulting in 10 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $186,255.00.   Officer Nicholas was previously his station's top recovery officer of the year in 2000. 

The Auto Theft Advisory Committee recognized three honorable mention selections this year.  Although they did not have the largest number of recoveries, they earned an honorable mention for their initiative, investigative ability, and relentless dedication to apprehending auto thieves.  The following individuals were recognized as honorable mention selections:

Deputy Michael Myers of the San Diego County Sheriffs Department, Vista Station, was honored with an honorable mention, for being nominated for the award a second time.  He recovered 46 stolen vehicles, including 7 "rolling stolen," resulting in 9 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $306,182.00.  He was also the top recovery officer at his station in 2003.

Officer Michael O'Deane of the La Mesa Police Department was honored with an honorable mention, for being nominated a second time.  He recovered 20 stolen vehicles, including 7 "rolling stolen," resulting in 9 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $37,100.00

Agent Joseph Picone of the Chula Vista Police Department was honored with an honorable mention, for being nominated a third time.  He recovered 28 stolen vehicles, including 9 "rolling stolen," resulting in 9 arrests, with a recovery value of approximately $175,000.00.   Agent Picone was the top recovery officer at his department in 2002 and 2003.

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

2005 San Diego ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Committee Members

Special thanks to the following organizations for participating and sponsoring the San Diego County Auto Theft Advisory Committee (A.T.A.C.) and its Officer of the Year Program.

Automobile Club of Southern California California Highway Patrol
Enterprise Rent-A-Car La Mesa Police Department
LoJack Corporation National Insurance Crime Bureau
New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County Rancho Del Oro Towing
San Diego District Attorney's Office San Diego Police Department
San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force San Diego Sheriff's Department
Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter

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