October 4th-7th, 2015


This was submitted by Northern Chapter President Blake Schnabel:

This year's 2015 Training Seminar hosted by WSATI's Northern Chapter was highly successful at all levels.  As with any change in life comes a few rough patches before the road becomes a smoothly traveled path, and so was this year's first day at the conference's new venue,the Hard Rock Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.  Being we were their first large gathering at their newly built hotel and casino with many renovations still under way, our expectations were uncertain.  Due to our overwhelming attendance, Sunday afternoon there was a lot of waiting to get rooms. The hotel was not prepared for the influx of 300 people all arriving within hours of each other.  The venue though was beautiful in that mostly everything had been renovated and the Hard Rock's eclectic touch. Once the dust settled and the Northern Chapter's Conference Committee got their heels dug in, we were off to the races and everyone began to relax and enjoy themselves.

Attendance peaked at 306 this year which was the best attended conference in years.  The hosted hospitality suite was ran flawlessly, giving many in attendance a chance to catch up, share information, network, and meet new faces across the state.  It was nice to see almost all of the vehicle theft task forces in the state getting together at the same time with detectives and investigators from small and large agencies from California and out of state alike.

It was our goal this year to not repeat many of the same classes taught yearly as we strove to provide everyone with cutting edge training which included many new hi-tech methods to assist in solving complex investigations.  In attendance were also instructors, some who traveled from many states away, who brought their expertise, experiences, and knowledge to share with our students.
I'd like to thanks all of the businesses who provided sponsorship and donations and the great vendor turn-out which assisted in making this year's seminar so successful.  I would also like to thank those Northern Chapter Board Members who selflessly gave up many hours in preparation before and while at the conference, you each deserve a round of applause.  And lastly a big thank you to the staff at the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium for their continued support in our fight again theft and fraud.

Cheers to the future of WSATI's success as we look forward now to the 2016 year!

Thank you, 

Blake Schnabel
WSATI Northern Chapter - President

In memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"When a police officer is killed, it's not an agency that loses an officer,
it's an entire nation." - Chris Cosgriff, ODMP Founder
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