SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2007 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.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
The colors were presented by the San Diego Police Department Color Guard.
ATAC Chairperson Lieutenant John Marinez introduced CHP Border Division Officer Paula Todd who led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lieutenant Marinez then introduced Father Eric Menees who gave the invocation.
Lieutenant Marinez 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 tax free organization.
Lieutenant Marinez 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 Gary of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Brandi Wade, and Ms. Tiffany Jones of the California Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Marinez then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, The New Car Dealer’s Association of San Diego, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Corporation, LoJack Corporation, C & D Towing, Avis/Budget Group, National Insurance Crime Bureau, and Anytime Towing.
Lieutenant Marinez then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.
Lieutenant Marinez then introduced the Master of Ceremonies Monica Zech, El Cajon Fire Department Safety Services Coordinator. Ms. Zech gave an opening address and spoke about the changes that took place in 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.
After the buffet, Monica Zech then introduced the guest speaker, CHP Border Division Assistant Chief Robert Clark.
Monica Zech then announced the recipients as Lieutenant John Marinez, with Sergeant Cesar Murillo, 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 William Amavisca||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Santee Substation|
|Officer Travis Anderson||Carlsbad Police Department|
|Officer Luis Benavides||San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division|
|Officer Dannie Bihum *2||San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division|
|Deputy David Bitonti||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Poway Substation|
|Officer Mike Doyle *4||El Cajon Police Department|
|Officer Tim Fenton||California Highway Patrol, Oceanside|
|Officer Jim Ford *2||San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division|
|Deputy Efrain Garcia *4||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Lemon Grove Substation|
|Officer Matthew Gay||La Mesa Police Department|
|Deputy Ruben Gomez *2||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Campo/Tecate Substation|
|Officer William Havens||Escondido Police Department|
|Deputy Wallace Henderson *10||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Fallbrook Substation|
|Officer John Horvath *2||San Diego Police Department, Western Division|
|Officer Gordon Leek||San Diego Police Department, Central Division|
|Deputy David Loe *2||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Encinitas Substation|
|Officer Michael Miranda||San Diego Police Department, Mid City Division|
|Officer Ben Montgomery *2||California Highway Patrol, El Cajon|
|Dep Atty General Marco Montoya-Gomez||State of Baja California, Mexico|
|Officer Melissa Pavlenko||San Diego Police Department, Northern Division|
|Deputy Darren Perata||San Diego Sheriff's Department, Vista Substation|
|Deputy Anthony Radicia||San Diego Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Substation|
|Deputy Kevin Ralph||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Marcos Substation|
|Officer Omar Ramirez *3||National City Police Department|
|Officer Mike Roberts *8||Oceanside Police Department|
|Deputy Leonard Rodriguez *2||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Alpine Substation|
|Deputy Richard Sanchez *2||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Imperial Beach Substation|
|Officer Jeff Sibayan *2||California Highway Patrol, San Diego|
|Deputy Dennis Smith||San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Ramona Substation|
|Officer Juan Tapia *4||San Diego Police Department, Southern Division|
|Officer Edward Tugashov||Chula Vista Police Department|
|Officer Roger Wong||San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division|
|*2 Two-Time Award Recipient||*3 Three-Time Award Recipient||*4 Four-Time Award Recipient|
|*8 Eight-Time Award Recipient||*10 Ten-Time Award Recipient|
Each of the Officers and Deputies listed above were honored for recovering the most stolen vehicles at their agencies during 2007. Combined, these officers recovered 1043 vehicles in 2007, valued at over $6,320,274 and arrested 220 people.
The Top Five Honorees were:
Officer Jeff Sibayan of the California Highway Patrol, San Diego, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles throughout the entire county, 63 vehicles, including 16 "rolling stolens," resulting in 16 arrests, with a recovery value of $861,289.00. This is Officer Sibayan's second ATAC Award. Officer Sibayan has been with the California Highway Patrol 3 years and was last years ATAC second place winner. Captain Gary McGagin, California Highway Patrol, San Diego, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
Officer Mike Doyle of the El Cajon Police Department was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles throughout the county, 66 vehicles, including 25 "rolling stolens," resulting in 34 arrests, with a recovery value of $372,000.00. This is Officer Doyle's fourth ATAC Award. After serving 20 years in the military, Officer Doyle started his law enforcement career and is currently with the El Cajon Police Department. Officer Doyle was the 2005 and 2006 San Diego Recovery Officer of the Year. Due to San Diego County ATAC rules, he was ineligible to be awarded the honor three years in a row.
Officer Ben Montgomery of the California Highway Patrol, El Cajon, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county, 40 vehicles, including 11 "rolling stolens," resulting in 12 arrests, with a recovery value of $217,700.00. This is his second nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Efrain Garcia of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Lemon Grove Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county, 59 vehicles, including 5 "rolling stolens," resulting in 7 arrests, with a recovery value of $333,291.00. This is his fourth nomination for an ATAC Award.
Officer Omar Ramirez of the National City Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county, 24 vehicles, including 8 "rolling stolens," resulting in 8 arrests, with a recovery value of $95,000.00. This is his third nomination for an ATAC Award.
State of Baja California, Mexico, Deputy Attorney General in charge of Auto Theft Marco Montoya-Gomez was presented an Honorable Mention Award by ATAC. He has conducted many investigations that originated in San Diego County and subsequently end up in Baja California. Recently, he assisted the California Highway Patrol with an investigation that led to the recovery of 6 big rigs and 7 vehicles with a value in excess of 1 million dollars. Most of the vehicles were from the San Diego area. He was recognized for his efforts to combat auto theft in both countries.
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.
|Anytime Towing||Automobile Club of Southern California|
|Avis/Budget Group||California Highway Patrol|
|C & D Towing||El Cajon Fire Department|
|Enterprise Rent-A-Car||JC Towing|
|LoJack Corporation||National Insurance Crime Bureau|
|New Car Dealers Association of San Diego County||San Diego County Regional Auto Theft Task Force|
|San Diego County Sheriffs Department||San Diego Police Department|
|Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter|