Position / Name / Click for e-mail Agency Telephone
President Kristopher Grogan   (503) 754-3469
1st Vice President Mathew Groshong Beaverton Police Department (503) 526-2287
2nd Vice President Ryan Mele Portland Police Bureau (503) 823-4800
Secretary / Treasurer Brent Bates Portland Police Bureau (503) 823-2935
President Kevin Stich Beaverton Police Department (Retired) (503) 526-2567

For information regarding the Oregon Trail Chapter, the best source is the chapter newsletter.  For a copy of the most recent chapter newsletter (1st Quarter 2013 posted 03/08/13), please click here (321 kb). 

Click here for the 2019 application form for the Oregon Trail Chapter (92 kb).

For information regarding the meetings, please contact any of the chapter board members.

2019 Portland International Auto Show
Friday, January 25, 2019

-----Original Message-----
From: "Bates, Brent" <Brent.Bates@portlandoregon.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:34 PM
Subject: WSATI Portland Auto Show VIN Training

“If you don’t know what a good VIN looks like, how will recognize a bad VIN?”

Hi Folks,

It’s that time of the year again for the WSATI Oregon Chapter Portland Auto Show VIN Training. Please mark your calendars for January 25th, 2019, 7:45 AM to 11:00 AM and join WSATI at the Portland Auto Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Thanks to the generosity of the Oregon Auto Dealers Association, this is your chance to inspect all of the new vehicles in a nice clean dry well-lit environment to see how they are (or are not) being identified.

In the two hours before the Auto Show opens to the public, we will have free access to the Auto Show displays. Law Enforcement (LE) members will be instructed on where to find vehicle public and confidential numbers and then will be able to get down on the nice clean carpet to look for some of the numbers. Insurance SIU folks will be instructed on the many public VINs that are available on each vehicle.

Registration for the training will take place on the main floor SW of the parking elevators beginning at 7:45 AM. You may enter the building from 7:45 to 8:30 AM either through the parking garage or the Main entrance on NE MLK Blvd. You will be required to show your LE or SIU identification before entering the building.

At 8:00 AM attendees will move out onto the display floors to begin the VIN training. At 10:00 AM we will meet in a main floor room (TBA) at the south end of the Center where we will have a brief discussion of what is new in the VIN world and a presentation of the Auto Theft Investigator of the year award. (By the way, we are still accepting nominations for the Auto Theft Investigator of the Year. You can send your suggestions to me - Brent.Bates@portlandoregon.gov, or to President Kris Grogan - Kristopher.Grogan@portlandoregon.gov.)

Parking is available in the lower levels of the Oregon Convention Center. Sorry folks, there is no free parking this year.

Hope to see you there!


Brent Bates, Treasurer
WSATI - Oregon Trail Chapter 
RAPID Program Coordinator
Portland Police Bureau

cell 503-793-7460 (Anytime)

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

-----Original Message-----
From: "Bates, Brent" <Brent.Bates@portlandoregon.gov>
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:52 AM
Subject: WSATI Monthly Meeting Reminder for April 2019

Hi Folks,

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators, Oregon Trail Chapter you are hereby reminded of the free WSATI training meeting from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the East Precinct Community Room, 737 SE 106th Ave, Portland OR 97216. It’s right off of I-205 with easy access. Sorry, no lunch served here. However, we may have some refreshments.

The March “Effective Auto Theft Prosecution” presented by DDA Kevin Wymer was very interesting and provided some updates on the new auto theft prosecution requirements that are about to take effect. Unfortunately, it was sparsely attended.

The Topic for the April meeting will be NICB Auto Theft Resources for Investigators; presented by NICB Special Agent JR Baker. Plus we will have information sharing on current auto theft problems and cases.

I have attached a membership application for those who have not yet had the opportunity to join or renew for 2019.  It’s just $15 per year!   Bring a coworker and meet some colleagues!

Hope to see you there.

President – Kristopher Grogan
1st Vice President - Matt Groshong, Beaverton PD
2nd Vice President - Ryan Mele, Portland PB
Secretary/Treasurer – Brent Bates, Portland PB
Past President – Kevin Stich, Beaverton PD (Retired)

If you haven’t renewed your WSATI membership yet please fill out and return the membership application/renewal form with your $15 to the address on the application. 

Brent Bates, Treasurer
WSATI - Oregon Trail Chapter 
cell 503-793-7460 (Anytime)

Oregon Trail Chapter
PO Box 1071
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Non-Confrontational Interviewing Techiques
Monday, July 11, 2016

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Thomas <SThomas@nicb.org>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2016 9:30 AM
Subject: Wicklander-Zulaski & Associates presentation in Portland on Monday, July 11, 2016 - RSVP Required

On Behalf of the Executive Board of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators, you are invited to attend a 2-hour presentation of the very effective Non-Confrontational Interviewing Technique by Wicklander-Zulaski and Associates.  WSATI - OTC has been able to negotiate a presentation from the firm at a very reduced price so that we can provide it at no cost to our members and associates.

Normally the presentation would be prohibitively expensive but because Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates will be in the Vancouver area for a 4 day full training class they have agreed to put on a shortened presentation at reduced cost to expose you and your organization to this unique investigative technique.

In order to justify offering this to you free of any charge we need to get a firm estimate of the number of people who are interested in attending. The presentation will be held 12:00 to 2:00 PM on Monday July 11, 2016, in the Portland Metro area (exact location to be announced later).

Please respond to this email by May 15, 2016, if you would like to attend this presentation.


Scott Thomas
Special Agent, Northwest Region
1292 High St. #223, Eugene, OR 97401
office: (847) 544-7963
fax:  (847) 544-7278
cell:  (541) 915-9097

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-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Thomas <SThomas@nicb.org>
To: SThomas@nicb.org
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2013 8:30 AM
Subject: WSATI-Oregon Trail Investigator of the Year for 2013


INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR:  One of the important roles of the Oregon Trail Chapter of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators is to recognize excellence in the fight against vehicle theft and fraud- and we do that by calling attention to a particular case or investigation where an investigator has made a significant impact.  It can involve a noteworthy case or a sustained effort…please take the time to write up a nomination and forward it to any WSATI board member for consideration.

Nominations will be accepted until 1700 hours on Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

The recipient will be recognized at the 2014 Portland Auto Show on Friday, February 7, 2014.  Attendance to the Portland Auto Show will be limited to active chapter members and one guest… the guest does not have to be a member but they must be membership-eligible to participate (member of law enforcement, insurance, regulatory agency, or a discipline related to combating vehicle theft or insurance fraud).

Scott Thomas
Special Agent, Northwest Region
1292 High St. #223, Eugene, OR 97401
office: (847) 544-7963
fax:  (847) 544-7278
cell:  (541) 915-9097

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The following are updates received regarding Past Vice President Tim Holm with the most current posted first:

-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Gesner
To: Gary Labb 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:21:56 AM
Subject: Tim Holm Update

Tim is at home now. Members of the department completely remodeled his house for wheel chair access. Tim is permanently paralyzed from the chest down. He has some use of his arms and is going through physical therapy to work on the motor skills of his hands and arms. He is in good spirits and dealing with this life altering change.

-----Original Message-----
Subject: Tim Holm
From: Dale Gesner
Date: Thu, October 23, 2008 9:23 am

This is a news article that ran in the local newspaper this morning. 

Police host benefit for injured officer Tim Holm
Proceeds also will go to family of sergeant whose daughter died
By Ruth Liao • Statesman Journal 

West Salem resident Karen Holm holds hands with her husband, Tim. Tim is home after suffering a spinal cord injury July 6 in a motorcycle crash. Salem Police Department  is hosting a benefit concert Saturday to help the family with expenses.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of West Salem High School, 2650 Orchard Heights Road NW. Tickets are $20 in advance and $10 for students with an ID. Tickets are $25 at the door. Children younger than 10 years old can attend for free.

To buy tickets, call Salem Police Department at (503) 588-6259 or Marion County Sheriff's Office at (503) 588-5094.

Contributions can be made to the Salem Police Association as the T. Holm/J. Greer Fundraiser, c/o Lt. Jim Anglemier, Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St. SE, Room 130, Salem OR 97301.

October 23, 2008

On duty and at home, Salem Police Officer Tim Holm was always on the go — the 16-year veteran in law enforcement has been a competitive rifle shooter, a basketball referee and stayed closely involved with his son's and daughter's activities.

Since he suffered spinal cord injuries in an off-duty motorcycle crash in July, Holm now is adjusting — he was paralyzed below the waist after the July 6 crash in Polk County. He has regained nearly all of the use in his arms but must use a wheelchair.

"Simple tasks are more of a production, but I'm trying to stay focused," said Holm, 42.

To help Holm and his family, Salem Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff's Office are hosting a benefit concert Saturday at West Salem High School.

Holm said he recalls little of the crash, but he does remember a friend telling him that help was on the way.

No one witnessed the crash, but the three other motorcyclists he was riding with arrived at the scene shortly after, Oregon State Police Sgt. Dale Young said. Young said it appeared Holm lost control of his motorcycle for an unknown reason at a sharp curve on Monmouth Highway near Cooper Hollow Road.

After the crash, Holm remained at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis for a month.

In August, he transferred to Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon in Portland and spent nine weeks doing physical and occupational therapy. He returned to his West Salem home Oct. 16.

Holm credits his wife, Karen, for her support. Together, the two problem solve to figure out his home care, down to the day-to-day tasks.

"I keep telling Tim, 'It's not the hand you're dealt, its how you play the cards,' " Karen Holm said.

The Holms were told spinal cord injuries could take three months to two years to heal completely. The family now must add permanent ramps to their home and build a wheelchair accessible bathroom on the home's ground floor and adding lift systems in the house — one contractor estimated the cost would be at least $35,000

Proceeds of the benefit concert also will go toward the family of a Marion County sheriff's sergeant. On July 16, the daughter of Marion County parole and probation Sgt. Jake Greer, Lydia, 5, was killed in a vehicle crash near McMinnville.

Funds from the event will be split to benefit the Holm family and the Lydia Greer Memorial Fund, established to help other law enforcement families with similar tragedies.

The band of Marion County sheriff's deputy Bryan Flannery, The Bryan Flannery Band, will perform.

Officer Becky Carpenter and her husband, Sgt. Doug Carpenter, donated the band time that they had won in another law enforcement auction benefit, Okada said.

West Salem High School principal Ed John donated the school's auditorium space for the event. Karen Holm is a West Salem High School teacher.

"We just feel very lucky to have that kind of support," Karen said.

Neighbors and colleagues have turned out in droves to help the Holms while Tim Holm was recovering.

One day during a summer weekend, off-duty Salem police, neighbors and friends built a retaining wall for the Holms' backyard.

Another night, neighbors created a temporary ramp to their front door. Two other benefits have been hosted by Mid-Valley rifle clubs —Tim Holm has been a competitive shooter for 20 years — and raised about $4,000, Karen Holm said.

The Holms are in the process of selling their pickup to buy a van adapted for wheelchair use. Until then, transportation is limited, but the Holms are determined to attend the concert Saturday.

Holm is now on long-term disability after working as a police officer with the Salem Police Department for 10 years.

Tim Holm has worked a detective, firearms instructor, patrol officer and field training officer. He began his career in law enforcement as a reserve deputy for Marion County Sheriff's Office in 1991.

Tim Holm eventually hopes to work part time, perhaps teaching or conducting background investigations.

Now, he's acclimating to using a motorized wheelchair and mechanized lift systems.

"Emotions run the gamut," he said. "I get frustrated, but I still have my mind."

rliao@StatesmanJournal.com or (503) 589-6941

"I keep telling Tim, 'It's not the hand you're dealt, it's how you play the cards,' "

Newspaper web link  http://statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081023/NEWS/810230367/1001

This is another email I received regarding the benefit:

*************FUND RAISING CONCERT*****************

At 7:00 pm, Saturday, 10/25/08, at the West Salem High School Auditorium a fund raising concert for Salem Police Ofc Tim Holm and Marion Co. Sheriff's Office Parole & Probation Ofc. Jake Greer will be held. Money is being raised to assist the families with current and future financial needs from tragedies they experienced this past July.

On July 6th, Ofc. Tim Holm was involved in a motorcycle crash on a rural road south of Dallas. Tim sustained a severe spinal cord injury and has no feeling from his mid chest down, and is now in a wheel chair. Tim spent five weeks in Intensive Care and has been in a Physical Rehabilitation Facility ever since learning to cope with his limitations. Tim is married to Karen, an English Teacher at West Salem High School and they have two children.

On July 16th, PO Jake Greer's wife, who is a Parole & Probation Officer in Yamhill County, was driving their car with their two small children just outside of McMinnville. A traffic crash with a semi-truck occurred and the Greer's 5 year old daughter died in the crash.

All money raised from this concert will be divided between the Holm and Greer families to assist them as they cope with their tragedies.

The "Bryan Flannery Band", (which includes MSCO Deputy Bryan Flannery, two Salem-Keizer School Dist. music teachers and other band members), play rock and acoustic rock music, which is family oriented. This is one of two local concerts the band plans for the local area this year. 

The band has been playing throughout the Northwest and has been reviewed to be one of the top bands around. Their music is similar to the Dave Mathews Band.

For tickets, contact Crystal at Salem Police, 503-588-6259. If people are not able to attend the concert, but would like to make a donation, checks should be made out to the "Salem Police Association" and dropped off at Salem PD or mailed to the following:

T.Holm / J.Greer Fund Raiser
C/o Lt. Anglemier, 
Salem Police Dept.
555 Liberty St. SE Rm.#130
Salem, OR  97301

On behalf of the Holm and Greer families, thank you for your thoughts and support.

Lt. Jim Anglemier
Trauma Team
Salem Police Dept.

Dale Gesner
Senior Special Agent
National Insurance Crime Bureau
503-949-8721 cell

-----Original Message-----
From: Dale Gesner
Sent: Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:49:52 AM
Subject: Tim Holm Update

Received this email from Ben Bales, Salem PD today on Tim’s condition.

Tim is doing well as he continues with his rehabilitation in Portland.

Tim is now able to get around in a motorized wheel chair which is a big step. Tim's therapy is pretty intense, but his attitude is good.

It isn't known how long Tim will be in Portland , but it likely will be for a few more weeks.

At this point, Tim asked that folks hold off visiting him in Portland, by the time he finishes a day's worth of all the different activities, he's pretty tuckered out.

We've put together a small group and will be meeting next week to look into fund raising activities and ideas. As efforts get put into motion, we will be letting folks know so you can get involved if you'd like.

If you'd like to send Tim and Karen a card, email or note, get it me and I'll make sure it gets delivered.


Ben Bales can be reached at bbales@cityofsalem.net

Mailing address is

Salem Police Dept
555 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97302

-----Original Message-----
From:Dale Gesner
Sent: Friday, July 11, 2008 11:54:53 AM
Subject: Tim Holm update

Here is an update on Tim’s condition from Salem PD

1800 hrs. Thursday, 7/10/08

Tim has made some good progress today. He is getting stronger and the physical therapy folks have started working with him. They were pleased at how well Tim did on his first session this afternoon. It will take time, but Tim's got the attitude and determination to work hard, which is readily evident when you look in his eyes. Tim is also continuing to work on mobility exercises with his arms and is making progress.

Tim did come down with a case on pneumonia, but that often occurs in situations such as this. The hospital staff was prepared for it and was quick to start treatment for it. Tim is resting comfortably. He even watched some of the Mariner's baseball game last night!

Tim continues to be in ICU, so just a reminder, hold the phone calls and visits until he gets moved to a regular room.

For Tim and Karen, thank you for all the support.

Dale Gesner
SSA Dale Gesner
National Insurance Crime Bureau

-----Original Message-----
Subject: Tim Holm
From: Dale Gesner
Date: Mon, July 07, 2008 2:56 pm

Our WSATI 2007 Vice President Tim Holm suffered a very serious motorcycle accident yesterday near Monmouth, OR and was life-flighted to a Corvallis Hospital. His condition and the seriousness of his injuries are undetermined at this time.

Please send all cards and well wishes to Det. Steve Elmore, Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR, 97301. Steve will make sure that these are delivered to Tim.

Tim has been a big part of WSATI and helped get the bait vehicle program started. He was elected "Auto Theft Investigator of the Year" with WSATI and also received an award from IAATI. The attached photo is him receiving the award at the IAATI conference in Winnipeg.

Tim was unable to continue on this year as President of WSATI due to a promotion at the department which meant a return to uniform duties.

Let's all wish him a speedy recovery

Motorcycle crash hurts officer with Salem police off-duty rider flown to Corvallis hospital; neck may be broken
By Stefanie Knowlton • Statesman Journal


Dale Gesner
SSA Dale Gesner
National Insurance Crime Bureau

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