SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2011 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, March 21, 2012 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
ATAC Chairperson CHP Border Division Lieutenant Glenda Brents led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lieutenant Brents then introduced Father Russell Martin who gave the invocation.
Lieutenant Brents 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 Brents 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 Brents then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Automobile Club of Southern California, C & D Towing, LoJack Corporation, and the New Car Dealer's Association of San Diego.
Lieutenant Brents then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.
Lieutenant Brents then held a raffle and recognized the Prado at Balboa Park for providing a gift certificate for the raffle.
Lieutenant Brents then introduced the Mistress of Ceremonies, Monica Zech. Ms. Zech has graciously emceed the event 20 out of the 22 years and has become an integral part of the Committee. She is the Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon. She has been with the city for over ten years, joining the City in August 2001. She especially enjoys her role as a safety speaker and researcher on driving safety, speaking at schools, company safety meetings and conferences, and at military safety stand-downs locally and nationally. Prior to that, she was a TV and radio journalist for some 30 years before she made the switch to El Cajon. In joining the City, Monica left a 30 year career in broadcast news, the last 18 years as an award winning TV and Radio air traffic reporter. She was San Diego's first female airborne traffic reporter, and San Diego's first television traffic reporter for the NBC and ABC local news affiliates. 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.
After the buffet, Monica Zech then introduced the guest speaker, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
Monica Zech then announced the recipients as Lieutenant Glenda Brents, 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):
|Deputy Marshall Abbott||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitis Station|
|Officer John Avedesian||San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division|
|Officer Dannie Bihum *6||San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division|
|Officer Steven B. Bourasa *2||San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division|
|Officer Shane Boyd *3||Coronado Police Department|
|Deputy James Breneman, Jr.||San Diego County Sheriffs Department, Ramona Station|
|Officer Anthony Bueno||San Diego Department, Southern Division|
|Officer Eric Carter||Chula Vista Police Department|
|Officer Scott Crane||San Diego Police Department, Western Division|
|Deputy Nicholas Danza *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station|
|Officer Murry Estabrook *2||National City Police Department|
|Officer Rodney Fischer *4||San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division|
|Officer James Ford *5||San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division|
|Officer James L. Gaffney *2||California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area|
|Officer Norman Gates||San Diego Police Department, Northwestern Division|
|Deputy John Greene||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station|
|Officer Mark Hallmark *4||California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area|
|Deputy Zachary Harris||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station|
|Deputy Thomas Hendricks *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station|
|Deputy Shannon Justice *3||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station|
|Deputy Jose P. Martinez||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station|
|Officer Eric Miller||San Diego Police Department, Northern Division|
|Officer Juan Mora||California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area|
|Officer Michael Murphy||El Cajon Police Department|
|Officer Huy Quach||Escondido Police Department|
|Officer Michael Roberts *11||Oceanside Police Department|
|Corporal Scott Roller *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Station|
|Officer Roger A. Stonier *6||San Diego Police Department, Central Division|
|Deputy Emerson Tucker||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station|
|Officer William Wilson||La Mesa Police Department|
|In 2011, these 30 officers, representing almost every
law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested a total of 105
vehicle theft suspects and recovered 606 vehicles
with a total recovery value of $3,791,457.00.
The Top Five Honorees were:
Officer John Avedesian of the San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county, 71 vehicles, including 8 "rolling stolens," resulting in 11 arrests, with a recovery value of $436,796.00. This is Officer Avedesian's first ATAC Award. Officer Avedesian has been with the San Diego Police Department 18 months. Captain Todd Jarvis, San Diego Police Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
Officer Mark Hallmark, California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county. This is his fourth nomination for an ATAC Award.
Deputy Shannon Justice, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Lemon Grove Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Justice’s third nomination for an ATAC award.
Officer Dannie Bihum, San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is his sixth nomination for an ATAC Award.
Officer Michael Murphy, El Cajon Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is his first nomination for an ATAC Award.
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: