AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2006 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.


17th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Dennis Frias, CHP Border Division
Invocation: Father Eric Menees, San Diego Sheriff's Department
Introduction: Lieutenant John Marinez, CHP Border Auto Theft
Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Monica Zech, El Cajon Fire Department
Guest Speaker:  Assistant Chief Cheryl Meyers, San Diego Police Department
Presentation of Awards: Sergeant Dennis Frias, CHP Border Division
  Brandi Wade and Tiffany Jones, CHP Border Division
Special Presentation: Rick Greenwood, WSATI Southern Chapter Secretary

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

ATAC Chairperson Lieutenant John Marinez introduced CHP Border Division Sergeant Dennis Frias who led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Marinez then introduced Father Eric Menees 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, and Sergeant 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, Millers Towing, Spring Valley Towing, Star Towing, Drew Ford, Volkswagen and Hyundai, Ball Automotive Group, C & D Towing, and Sevels Towing.

Lieutenant Marinez then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.

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, San Diego Police Department Assistant Chief Cheryl Meyers.

Monica Zech then announced the recipients as Lieutenant John Marinez, with Sergeant Dennis Frias, Brandi Wade, and Tiffany Jones assisting, handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition certificates to each of the recipients.

This year's recipients are (alphabetically):
 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY 2006 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Deputy Jess Allensworth San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Ramona Substation
Officer Dannie Bihum San Diego Police Department Eastern Division
Deputy Todd Biller *2 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Valley Center Substation
Officer Jeff Blackford San Diego Police Department, MidCity Division
Officer Shane Boyd Coronado Police Department 
Officer Brian Brecht *2 San Diego Police Department, Northern Division
Officer Matthew Dixon *2 Escondido Police Department
Officer Mike Doyle *3 El Cajon Police Department
Officer Jim Ford San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division
Officer Colin Forsey San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division
Deputy Efrain Garcia *3 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Lemon Grove Substation
Officer Jason Graham *2 California Highway Patrol, El Cajon
Deputy Wallace Henderson *9 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Fallbrook Substation
Officer John Horvath San Diego Police Department, Western Division
Deputy Alan Kaupe *2 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Rural 
Deputy Rey Lyyjoki *4 San Diego Sheriff's Department, Santee Substation
Officer Curtis Martin *2 California Highway Patrol, Oceanside 
Officer Roger McCarvel San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division
Deputy Michael Myers *3 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Vista Substation
Officer Michael O'Deane *2 La Mesa Police Department
Agent Joseph Picone *4 Chula Vista Police Department
Officer Patrick Preston *3 Carlsbad Police Department
Officer Omar Ramirez *2 National City Police Department
Deputy Mark Ritchie San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Encinitas Substation
Officer Mike Roberts *7 Oceanside Police Department
Deputy Richard Sanchez San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Imperial Beach Substation
Officer Jeff Sibayan California Highway Patrol, San Diego
Deputy Darin Smith San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Substation
Officer Roger Stonier *5 San Diego Police Department, Central Division
Officer Juan Tapia *3 San Diego Police Department, Southern Division
Deputy Kenneth Werner San Diego Sheriff's Department, Poway Substation
Deputy John West San Diego Sheriff's Department, Santee Substation
*2 Two-Time Award Recipient *3 Three-Time Award Recipient *4 Four-Time Award Recipient
*5 Five-Time Award Recipient  *7 Seven-Time Award Recipient  *9 Nine-Time Award Recipient
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2006.  Combined, these officers recovered 980 vehicles in 2006, valued at over $5,296,920 and arrested 204 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, 67 vehicles, including 18 "rolling stolens," resulting in 22 arrests, with a recovery value of $330,000.00.  This is Officer Doyle's third 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 4.5 years. Captain Pat Sprecco, 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 Vice President. The check was presented to Mr. Jim Galliher of DAV.

Officer Jeff Sibayan of the California Highway Patrol, San Diego, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 59 vehicles, including 15 "rolling stolens," resulting in 15 arrests, with a recovery value of $587,262.00

Officer Jason Graham of the California Highway Patrol, El Cajon, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county, 63 vehicles, including 11 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of $350,700.00.   This is his second nomination for an ATAC award.

Officer Mike O'Deane of the La Mesa Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 38 vehicles, including 9 "rolling stolens," resulting in 10 arrests, with a recovery value of $253,950.00.   This is Officer O’Deane’s second nomination for an ATAC award. 

Deputy Darin Smith of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Substation, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 23 vehicles, including 7 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of $105,800.00

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony Click Here

2006 San Diego ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Committee Members, (l-r) Steve Reyes, Martha Jones-Joseph, Brandi Wade, Dennis Frias, Tiffany Jones, Geraldine Gary, Rick Greenwood

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 Ball Automotive Group
C & D Towing California Highway Patrol
Drew Ford / Volkswagen / Hyundai El Cajon Fire Department
Enterprise Rent-A-Car LoJack Corporation
Miller's Towing National Insurance Crime Bureau
New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County San Diego Police Department
San Diego Regional Auto Theft Task Force San Diego Sheriff's Department
Spring Valley Towing Star Towing
Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter

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