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.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
ATAC 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):
|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|
|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.
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: