AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2012 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.


23rd Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 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 Sheriff's Department
Introduction: Lieutenant Glenda Brents, CHP Border Auto Theft
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Monica Zech, El Cajon Public Information Officer
Guest Speaker:  Chief Jim Abele, CHP Border Division
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Glenda Brents, CHP Border Auto Theft
  Brandi Wade and Tiffany Jones, CHP Border Division

San Diego ATAC Chairperson CHP Lieutenant 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 explained  that the Auto Theft Advisory Committee, or ATAC, is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, government, insurance companies, the San Diego New Car Dealer's Association, car rental companies, and other related businesses who share a common goal to reduce vehicle thefts in San Diego County.

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, the New Car Dealer's Association of San Diego, the Prado at Balboa Park, and the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI).

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, as well as the LoJack Corporation for providing a LoJack recovery system for the raffle.  San Diego County 2012 Recovery Officer of the Year, Dannie Bihum, San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division, was the lucky LoJack raffle winner, receiving the LoJack certificate from LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison Ted Saraf.

Lieutenant Brents then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Monica Zech. Ms. Zech has graciously emceed the event 21 out of the 23 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, CHP Border Division Chief Jim Abele.

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 2012 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Deputy Marshall Abbott *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitis Station
Deputy James Balderson San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station
Corporal Damian Ballardo National City Police Department
Officer Dannie Bihum *7 San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division
Deputy Aaron Boer San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station
Deputy Jim Breneman *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Ramona Station
Officer Michael Butcher La Mesa Police Department
Deputy Luis Carrillo San Diego County Sheriffs Department, Poway Station
Officer Tyler Cockrell San Diego Department, Northern Division
Officer Vernon Colglazier San Diego Department, Mid-City Division
Officer Scott Crane *2 San Diego Police Department, Western Division
Deputy Jeff Creighton San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station
Officer David Ditomaso Chula Vista Police Department
Officer Rodney Fischer *5 San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division
Officer Jordan Good Coronado Police Department
Officer Mark Hallmark *5 California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area
Officer Ronald J. Harris California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area
Deputy Zack Harris *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station
Deputy Shannon Justice *4 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station
Deputy Devin A. Kusler San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station
Officer Louie Michael El Cajon Police Department
Deputy Aaron Miller San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station
Officer Juan Mora *2 California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area
Officer Michael Roberts *12 Oceanside Police Department
Deputy Steven Sepulveda San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Station
Officer Roger A. Stonier *7 San Diego Police Department, Central Division
Corporal Brian Weaver San Diego State University Police Department
Officer Andrew Wyse Escondido Police Department
*# Indicates the Number of Times Nominated for an ATAC Award
In 2012, these 28 officers, representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested a total of 110 vehicle theft suspects and recovered 629 vehicles with a total recovery value of $4,469,065.00.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Deputy Jeff Creighton, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county, 52 vehicles, including 10 "rolling stolens," resulting in 14 arrests, with a recovery value of $202,400.00.  This is Deputy Creighton’s first ATAC award.  Over the past year, Deputy Creighton has proven himself invaluable to the San Marcos Station.  He takes an active interest in preliminary investigations and follows up on all available leads. Captain Scott Ybarrondo, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.

Officer Dannie Bihum, San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is Officer Bihum’s seventh nomination for an ATAC award.

Officer Scott Crane, San Diego Police Department, Western Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Crane’s second nomination for an ATAC award.

Officer Vernon Colglazier, San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is Officer Colglazier’s first nomination for an ATAC award.

Officer Andrew Wyse, Escondido Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Wyse’s first nomination for an ATAC award.

Honorable Mention Recipient:

Corporal Bian Weaver, San Diego State University Police Department, was presented an Honorable Mention for his excellent police work.

2012 San Diego County ATAC Committee Members L-R: Dan Brogdon, Martha Jones, Keith Levin, Geraldine Ward, Brandi Wade, Tiffany Jones, Glenda Brents, Jim Abele
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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