SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2013 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 20, 2014 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
ATAC Chairperson CHP Border Division Lieutenant Jason Penner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lieutenant Penner then introduced Father Russell Martin who gave the invocation.
Lieutenant Penner 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 Penner 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 Penner 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 Ward of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Brandi Wade, and Ms. Tiffany Jones of the California Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Penner 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, NK Towing, the Prado at Balboa Park, VINMonitor, and the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI).
Lieutenant Penner then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.
Lieutenant Penner 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. LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison Efrain Quezada presented a certficate for a LoJack system to CHP Sergeant Charlie Leonard.
Penner then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies,
Zech. Ms. Zech has graciously emceed the event 22 out of the 24
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.
Monica Zech then announced the recipients as Lieutenant Jason Penner, 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 *3||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitis Station|
|Deputy James Balderson *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station|
|Officer Dannie Bihum *8||San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division|
|Deputy Aaron Boer *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station|
|Officer Michael Butcher *2||La Mesa Police Department|
|Officer Joe Camacho||National City Police Department|
|Corporal Ricardo Carlon||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station|
|Officer Scott Crane *3||San Diego Police Department, Western Division|
|Officer Rodney Demetrio *2||Chula Vista Police Department|
|Deputy Steve Ertz||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station|
|Officer Rodney Fischer *6||San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division|
|Deputy Joseph Garay||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Station|
|Deputy Isaiah Garden||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station|
|Officer Mark Hallmark *6||California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area|
|Officer Darren Hamilton||Coronado Police Department|
|Officer Ronald J. Harris *2||California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area|
|Officer Kevin Iwasaki||San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division|
|Officer Grant Jobe||San Diego Police Department, Central Division|
|Deputy Devin A. Kusler *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station|
|Officer Louie Michael *2||El Cajon Police Department|
|Deputy Aaron Miller *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station|
|Officer C P ^||San Diego Police Department, Northern Division|
|Deputy Andrew Peterson *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station|
|Officer Michael Roberts *13||Oceanside Police Department|
|Officer Matthew Smith||San Diego State University Police Department|
|Officer Eric Theal||California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area|
|Officer Maricio Troche||San Diego Police Department, Southern Division|
|Officer Andrew Wyse *2||Escondido Police Department|
^ Asked that his name and photo be removed
|In 2013, these 28 officers,
representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested
a total of 110 vehicle theft suspects and
recovered 642 vehicles with a total recovery
value of $4,135,861.00.
The Top Five Honorees were:
Corporal Ricardo Carlon, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county, 49 vehicles, including 9 "rolling stolens," resulting in 19 arrests, with a recovery value of $201,000.00. This is Corporal Carlon's first ATAC award nomination. Over the past year, Corporal Ricardo Carlon has proven himself invaluable to the San Marcos Command. On one of his arrest he helped uncover a theft ring “chop shop operation” in the unincorporated area of Escondido. In that case, members of the Diablos criminal street gang were stealing vehicles throughout the North County, bringing the stolen vehicles to a residence where the vehicles were used to commit other violent crimes and or later dismantled. A total of 27 vehicles were recovered from the arrest alone. This is one example of how Corporal Carlon made the most impact on auto theft for the San Marcos command during 2013. He is considered one of the most pro-active Deputies of the San Marcos Sheriff's station, and is often called to assist the North County Gang Task Force, the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, and the San Marcos Sheriff's Detective Unit. Congratulations Corporal Carlon and thank you for your dedication to the citizen's of San Diego County. 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 Scott Crane, San Diego Police Department, Western Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Cranes's third nomination for an ATAC award.
Officer Kevin Iwasaki, San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Crane's first nomination for an ATAC award.
Officer Grant Jobe, San Diego Police Department, Central Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Jobe's first nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Aaron Boer, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Boer's second nomination for an ATAC award.
Honorable Mention Recipient:
Officer Louie Michael, El Cajon 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: