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.
Thursday, March 29, 2007 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
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):
|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.
Pat Sprecco, El Cajon Police Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual
Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
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.
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|