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Presented by TOYOTA and NICB

On Wednesday January 11, 2006 law enforcement vehicle theft investigators and NICB agents were allowed to enter the Los Angeles Auto Show, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, from 0630 hours to 1100 hours for vehicle identification training.  At 1100 hours the show opened to the public.  It was the sixteenth annual law enforcement training day, sponsored by Toyota, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, and the Los Angeles Police Department, CCDCATs.  Refreshments were provided by Toyota and the NICB in the West Hall lobby between 0630 and 0730 hours.

The training was provided to allow vehicle theft investigators an opportunity to inspect new vehicle identification numbers.  The theme "IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT A GOOD IDENTIFICATION NUMBER LOOKS LIKE, YOU WON'T RECOGNIZE A BAD ONE" reflects the purpose and scope of the training. 

Location:  Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall entrance 
  1201 So. Figueroa St.
  Los Angeles, CA 90015

NICB Special Agent Mark Stowell welcomed the early morning crowd to the Convention Center.  Mark opened his remarks by acknowledging all that retired NICB Special Agent Dennis Lessiak, and Toyota/Lexus' Norm Adams and Bob Nagai had done over the past 15 years.  This was the 16th annual event and Mark and NICB Area Director Ralph Lumpkin both spoke about the history of the training.  Norm Adams, Toyota/Lexus, who has been with the event since its inception, and Lou Koven, LAPD CCDCATS (known by the rest of the world as BADCATS) joined Mark and Ralph.

Some vehicle manufacturer’s representatives were available to provide assistance with the training by displaying their vehicles, providing verbal and/or printed information, and by answering questions.  The show also provides an opportunity for manufacturer’s representatives to interact with law enforcement officers and NICB agents to survey vehicle theft problems and trends.

Please give NICB Special Agent Mark Stowell feedback on the Auto Show Training.  He will use your comments when it comes time to set up the December 2006 Auto Show Training.  Please contact Mark Stowell, NICB, at e-mail address mstowell@nicb.org or telephone number 562-691-9219.

The man behind it all...NICB Special Agent Mark Stowell Lou Koven, Mark Stowell, Ralph Lumpkin, Norm Adams NICB Area Director Ralph Lumpkin
Due to a change in venue dates the next training may be sooner than you think...
Auto Theft Detectives and NICB Agents listening to introduction by Mark Stowell
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Pontiac Solstice Porsche Cayman S

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