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.
Friday, June 2, 2006 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
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):
|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.
Clifford Diamond, El Cajon Police Department accepted the ATAC Perpetual
Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
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.
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|