AUTO THEFT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (A.T.A.C.)
SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2016 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.


27th Annual Awards Presentation Brunch

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park

Those participating included:
Pledge of Allegiance: Lieutenant Jason Penner, California Highway Patrol Border Auto Theft
Invocation: Father Russell Martin, San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Introduction: Lieutenant Jason Penner, California Highway Patrol Border Auto Theft
Mistress of Ceremonies: Ms. Monica Zech, El Cajon Public Information Officer
Guest Speaker:  Mr. Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, Tijuana Secretary of Public Safety
Presentation of Awards: Lieutenant Jason Penner, California Highway Patrol Border Auto Theft
Brandi Wade, California Highway Patrol Border Division
Tiffany Jones, California Highway Patrol Border Division

ATAC Chairperson CHP Border Lieutenant Jason PennerATAC Chairperson, California Highway Patrol Border Division Lieutenant Jason Penner, led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Lieutenant Penner then introduced San Diego County Sheriff's Department Chaplain 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, Avis Budget Group, Ball Automotive Group, California Highway Patrol, CARFAX for Police, Eastlake Country Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Frank Motors Group, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Sales, LBA Investigations, Locator Technologies, LoJack Corporation, New Car Dealers Association San Diego, RSM Consulting, the Prado at Balboa Park, Western Tow, and the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI), Southern Chapter.

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

Lieutenant Penner recognized one of the original committee members who started San Diego ATAC back in 1990, Retired CHP Sergeant Benny Price

Lieutenant Penner then held a raffle and recognized the Prado at Balboa Park for providing a gift certificate for the raffle, the Eastlake Country Club for providing a round of golf for the raffle, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers for providing a gift certificate for the raffle, as well as the LoJack Corporation for providing a LoJack recovery system for the raffle.

Lieutenant Penner then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Monica Zech. Ms. Zech has graciously emceed our event 25 out of the 27 years and has become an integral part of our Committee.  Monica has more than 45 years in media communications, both in broadcasting and her current position as Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon. She's been with the City for almost 16 years.  Her career encompasses many firsts — she was the first woman in San Diego County to work as an air traffic reporter for Automobile Club of Southern California and San Diego’s first Television air traffic reporter.  Monica is proud to say she credits much of her success in broadcasting, especially as a traffic reporter, by what she learned working with first responders – especially "law enforcement." 

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.

Guest Speaker Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, Secretary of Public Safety, TijuanaAfter the buffet, Monica Zech then introduced the guest speaker, Tijuana Secretary of Public Safety Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, who gave a short speech.

Following Mr. Amezcua's speech, Lieutenant Penner made a special presentation on behalf of the Auto Theft Advisory Committee.  As we are all aware, the criminal element has no border or boundaries.  Due to our geographical proximity with Mexico, many vehicles stolen in San Diego County find their way into Tijuana.  The Tijuana Police Department, working under the direction of the Tijuana Secretary of Public Safety, has played an important role in combating vehicle theft in the San Diego and Tijuana region.  Cooperation between the California Highway Patrol, Mexico Liaison Unit and the Tijuana Police Liaison Unit has led to the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles and the arrest and prosecution of vehicle theft suspects.  Accepting this recognition were Tijuana Secretary of Public Safety, Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, the Director of the Tijuana Police, Luis Felipe Chan Baltazar, and the Tijuana Police, International Liaison Commander, Carlos Betancourt

Monica Zech then announced the San Diego County 2016 Recovery Officer of the Year 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):
 

SAN DIEGO COUNTY 2016 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENTS:
Officer Bryan Baker *2 San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division
Officer Dannie Bihum *11 San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division
Officer Steven Bourasa *5 San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division
Officer Marco Calderilla San Diego Police Department, Southern Division
Deputy Bryan Cole San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station
Officer Jason Darby *2 San Diego Police Department, Northern Division
Officer Johnathan Deering *2 Chula Vista Police Department
Officer Ronald DeMent Carlsbad Police Department
Deputy Rebecca Dorman San Diego County Sheriff's Department, North Coastal Station
Officer TJ Dunn *2 Oceanside Police Department
Officer Allen Dyemartin San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division
Deputy Tyler Elkermann *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station
Officer Carlos Gaytan *3 La Mesa Police Department
Officer Jayson Hughes California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area
Deputy Derrick Jones *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station
Officer Cody Kalankewicz National City Police Department
Deputy Nathaniel Keener San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Ramona Station
Officer William Krout San Diego Police Department, Western Division
Corporal Devin A. Kusler *5 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station
Officer Leo Lozano *2 California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area
Deputy Abraham Macias San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station
Deputy Evan McCormick *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station
Officer Jacqueline Pacheco El Cajon Police Department
Deputy Scott Rossall San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station
Deputy Mike Saunders San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lakeside Station
Officer Brenna Speakman San Diego Police Department, Northwestern Division
Officer Roger Stonier *10 San Diego Police Department, Central Division
Corporal Michael Svec *2 San Diego State University Police Department
Officer Christopher Turner *2 California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area
Officer Brian Wray *2 Coronado Police Department
Officer Andrew Wyse *3 Escondido Police Department
Deputy Jesus Yniguez *2 San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Rancho San Diego Station
Deputy Sean Zappia San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station
*# Indicates the Number of Times Nominated for an ATAC Award
In 2016, these 33 officers, representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested a total of 143 vehicle theft suspects and recovered 611 vehicles with a total recovery value of $5,508,927.

The Top Five Honorees were:

Officer Bryan Baker, San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county.  In 2016, Officer Baker recovered a total of 33 vehicles, including 10 occupied stolen vehicles resulting in 10 arrests, with a recovery value of $350,000.  Officer Baker has been with the San Diego Police Department for four years. This is Officer Baker's first ATAC award and 2nd nomination.  San Diego Police Department Captain Tom Underwood accepted the Auto Theft Advisory Committee's perpetual plaque which will remain at San Diego Police Department until next year's ATAC Awards.  Officer Baker received a gift certificate from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers. 

Deputy Jesus Yniguez, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Rancho San Diego Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is Deputy Yniquez' second nomination for an ATAC award.  Deputy Yniquez received a gift certificate from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers. 

Deputy Sean Zappia, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Zappia’s first nomination for an ATAC award.  Deputy Zappia received a gift certificate from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers. 

Officer Jason Hughes, California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is Officer Hughes’ first nomination for an ATAC award.  Officer Hughes received a gift certificate from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers. 

Deputy Scott Rossall, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county.  This is Deputy Rossall’s first nomination for an ATAC award.  Deputy Rossall received a gift certificate from Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers. 

ATAC also presented an Honorable Mention Award to Officer Jackie Pacheco of the El Cajon Police Department.  Officer Pacheco was recognized for her outstanding number of recoveries and her outstanding achievement in the battle against vehicle theft. 

Congratulations to all our San Diego County Award recipients.  Thank you for your dedication to the citizens of San Diego County.  Your efforts are making a difference.

San Diego County ATAC 2016 Recovery Officer of the Year Recipients
San Diego County 2016 Recovery Officer of the Year Recipients

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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
LBA Investigations
Avis Budget Group
Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers
Ball Automotive Group
Locator Technologies, LLC
California Highway Patrol
LoJack Corporation
CARFAX for Police
New Car Dealers Association San Diego County
Eastlake Country Club
RSM Consulting
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
The Prado at Balboa Park
Frank Motors Group
Western Towing
Western States Auto Theft Investigators, Southern Chapter

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