AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2008 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.


19th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park

Those participating included:
Presentation of Colors: San Diego Police Department Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance: Sergeant Rich Berg, CHP Border Division
Invocation: Father Eric Menees, San Diego Sheriff's Department
Introduction: Lieutenant Hector Paredes, CHP Border Auto Theft
Master of Ceremonies: Ms. Kimberly Hunt, KGTV-10 News Anchor/Reporter
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Vinge, Crime Victim
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Hector Paredes, CHP Border Division
  Sergeant Rich Berg, CHP Border Division
  Brandi Wade and Tiffany Jones, CHP Border Division

San Diego Police Department Color GuardThe colors were presented by the San Diego Police Department Color Guard.

ATAC Chairperson Lieutenant Hector Paredes introduced CHP Border Division Sergeant Rich Berg who led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Paredes then introduced Father Eric Menees who gave the invocation.

Lieutenant Paredes 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.

ATAC Chairperson Lieutenant Hector ParedesLieutenant Paredes 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, and Ms. Tiffany Jones of the California Highway Patrol. 

Lieutenant Paredes then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Automobile Club of Southern California, AvisBudget Group, C & D Towing, California Highway Patrol, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporation, JC Towing, LoJack Corporation, the New Car Dealer’s Association of San Diego, Rancho Del Oro Towing, and the WSATI Southern Chapter.

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

Mistress of Ceremonies Kimberly HuntLieutenant Paredes then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies Kimberly Hunt, News Anchor for KGTV’s 10 News team.  Ms. Hunt's excellence in Broadcast Journalism has earned her two personal Emmy Awards for Best Investigative News Story and Best Feature News Story.  She has earned other awards including a Golden Mike, for her special Postcards From Home during the Persian Gulf War, which linked local Marines with their families via videotaped messages.  Ms. Hunt gave an opening address and spoke about the changes that took place in this year's selection process.  Ms. Hunt 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. Hunt welcomed everyone to avail themselves of the brunch.

CHP Public Information Officer Paula ToddCrime Victim Sandy VingeAfter the buffet, Kimberly Hunt then introduced CHP Border Division Public Information Officer Paula Todd who introduced the guest speaker, Crime Victim Sandy Vinge.

Kimberly Hunt then announced the recipients as Lieutenant Hector Paredes, with Sergeant Rich Berg,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 2008 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Officer Dannie Bihum *3 San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division
Deputy Oscar Butler San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Vista Substation
Officer Cesar Delgado La Mesa Police Department
Officer Rodney Demetrio  Chula Vista Police Department
Deputy Eric Drogemuller San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Alpine Substation
Officer Murry Estabrook National City Police Department
Officer Rodney Fischer San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division
Officer James Gaffney California Highway Patrol, Oceanside
Deputy Efrain Garcia *5 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Lemon Grove Substation
Officer William Havens *2 Escondido Police Department
Officer Patrick Laco San Diego Police Department, Western Division
Deputy Christopher Lawrence San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Poway Substation
Officer Gordon Leek *2 San Diego Police Department, Central Division
Deputy Brent Longfellow San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Encinitas Substation
Deputy Christopher Manookian San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Imperial Beach Substation
Deputy Coury Martinez San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Ramona Substation
Officer Ann O’Neill Oceanside Police Department
Deputy Kevin Ralph *2 San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Substation
Officer Kenneth Rawls San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division
Officer Seth Sadin California Highway Patrol, El Cajon
Officer Jesse Sandoval El Cajon Police Department
Officer Patrick Shadoan San Diego Police Department, Southern Division
Officer Brandon Shipwash California Highway Patrol, San Diego
Officer Paxton Simmons Carlsbad Police Department
Deputy Marc Snelling San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Santee Substation
Officer Kim Sorrell  Coronado Police Department
Officer David Speck San Diego Police Department, Northern Division
Officer Eddie Wallin San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division
Deputy Steve Wildermuth San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Fallbrook Substation
*2 Two-Time Award Recipient *3 Three-Time Award Recipient *5 Five-Time Award Recipient

Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2008.  Combined, these officers recovered 586 vehicles in 2008, valued at over $3,494,332 and arrested 98 people.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Patrick Shadoan of the San Diego Police Department, Southern Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county, 115 vehicles, including 13 "rolling stolens," resulting in 13 arrests, with a recovery value of $690,000.00.  This is Officer Shadoan's first ATAC Award.  Officer Shadoan has been with the San Diego Police Department 3-1/2 years and has led his division in recoveries the past two years.  Lieutenant Kurupas, San Diego Police Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.

Officer Brandon Shipwash of the California Highway Patrol, San Diego, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county, 28 vehicles, including 13 "rolling stolens," resulting in 13 arrests, with a recovery value of $246,620.00.

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. 54 vehicles, including 5 "rolling stolens," resulting in 5 arrests, with a recovery value of $280,000.00.  This is his fifth nomination for an ATAC Award. 

Officer David Speck of the San Diego Police Department, Northern Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 8 vehicles, including 3 "rolling stolens," resulting in 3 arrests, with a recovery value of $42,000.00

Deputy Kevin Ralph of the San Diego Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Substation, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 18 vehicles, including 3 "rolling stolens," resulting in 6 arrests, with a recovery value of $163,370.00.   This is his second nomination for an ATAC Award.

Deputy Marc Snelling, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Substation, was presented an Honorable Mention Award by ATAC.  He was recognized for his excellent police work that yielded an unreported stolen vehicle, three subjects in custody and most importantly, the rescue of victim Ms. Sandy Vinge

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony, Please Click Here

2008 San Diego ATAC Recovery Officer of the Year Committee Members, (l-r) Jim Williams, Martha Jones-Joseph, Tiffany Jones, Geraldine Gary, Hector Paredes, Brandi Wade, Dennis Frias, John Bartolone

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 AvisBudget Group
C&D Towing California Highway Patrol
Enterprise Rent-a-Car JC Towing
LoJack Corporation New Car Dealers Association of San Diego
Rancho Del Oro Towing Western States Auto Theft Investigators, Southern Chapter

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