AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2011 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.


22nd Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Lieutenant Glenda Brents, CHP Border Auto Theft
Invocation: Father Russell Martin, San Diego County Sheriffs Department
Introduction: Lieutenant Glenda Brents, CHP Border Auto Theft
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Monica Zech, El Cajon Public Information Officer
Guest Speaker:  Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Glenda Brents, CHP Border Auto Theft
  Brandi Wade and Tiffany Jones, CHP Border Division

ATAC Chairperson Glenda BrentsATAC Chairperson CHP Border Division Lieutenant Glenda Brents led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Brents then introduced Father Russell Martin who gave the invocation.

Lieutenant Brents 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 non-profit organization.

Lieutenant Brents 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 Brents then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Automobile Club of Southern California, C & D Towing, LoJack Corporation, and the New Car Dealer's Association of San Diego.

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

Lieutenant Brents then held a raffle and recognized the Prado at Balboa Park for providing a gift certificate for the raffle. 

Mistress of Ceremonies Monica ZechLieutenant Brents then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Monica Zech. Ms. Zech has graciously emceed the event 20 out of the 22 years and has become an integral part of the Committee. She is the Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon. She has been with the city for over ten years, joining the City in August 2001. She especially enjoys her role as a safety speaker and researcher on driving safety, speaking at schools, company safety meetings and conferences, and at military safety stand-downs locally and nationally. Prior to that, she was a TV and radio journalist for some 30 years before she made the switch to El Cajon. In joining the City, Monica left a 30 year career in broadcast news, the last 18 years as an award winning TV and Radio air traffic reporter.  She was San Diego's first female airborne traffic reporter, and San Diego's first television traffic reporter for the NBC and ABC local news affiliates.  Ms. Zech gave an opening address and spoke about 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 County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.

Monica Zech then announced the recipients as Lieutenant Glenda Brents, with 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 2011 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Deputy Marshall Abbott San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitis Station
Officer John Avedesian San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division
Officer Dannie Bihum *6 San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division
Officer Steven B. Bourasa *2 San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division
Officer Shane Boyd *3 Coronado Police Department
Deputy James Breneman, Jr. San Diego County Sheriffs Department, Ramona Station
Officer Anthony Bueno San Diego Department, Southern Division
Officer Eric Carter Chula Vista Police Department
Officer Scott Crane  San Diego Police Department, Western Division
Deputy Nicholas Danza *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station
Officer Murry Estabrook *2 National City Police Department
Officer Rodney Fischer *4 San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division
Officer James Ford *5 San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division 
Officer James L. Gaffney *2 California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area
Officer Norman Gates San Diego Police Department, Northwestern Division
Deputy John Greene San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station
Officer Mark Hallmark *4 California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area
Deputy Zachary Harris San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station
Deputy Thomas Hendricks *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station
Deputy Shannon Justice *3 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station
Deputy Jose P. Martinez San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station
Officer Eric Miller San Diego Police Department, Northern Division
Officer Juan Mora California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area
Officer Michael Murphy El Cajon Police Department
Officer Huy Quach  Escondido Police Department
Officer Michael Roberts *11 Oceanside Police Department
Corporal Scott Roller *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Station
Officer Roger A. Stonier *6 San Diego Police Department, Central Division
Deputy Emerson Tucker San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station
Officer William Wilson  La Mesa Police Department
*# Indicates the Number of Times Nominated for an ATAC Award
In 2011, these 30 officers, representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested a total of 105 vehicle theft suspects and recovered 606 vehicles with a total recovery value of $3,791,457.00.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer John Avedesian of the San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county, 71 vehicles, including 8 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of $436,796.00.  This is Officer Avedesian's first ATAC Award.  Officer Avedesian has been with the San Diego Police Department 18 months. Captain Todd Jarvis, San Diego Police Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.

Officer Mark Hallmark, California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is his fourth nomination for an ATAC Award.

Deputy Shannon Justice, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Justice’s third nomination for an ATAC award.

Officer Dannie Bihum, San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is his sixth nomination for an ATAC Award.

Officer Michael Murphy, El Cajon Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is his first nomination for an ATAC Award.

For Photos from the Awards Ceremony, Please Click Here

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
C & D Towing
LoJack Corporation
New Car Dealers Association of San Diego
The Prado at Balboa Park
Western States Auto Theft Investigators, Southern Chapter

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