SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2014 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.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
ATAC Chairperson CHP Border Division Lieutenant Jason Penner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lieutenant Penner then introduced Father Russell Martin who gave the invocation.
Lieutenant Penner explained that the Auto Theft Advisory Committee, or ATAC, is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, government, insurance companies, the San Diego New Car Dealer's Association, car rental companies, and other related businesses who share a common goal to reduce vehicle thefts in San Diego County.
Lieutenant Penner 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 Penner 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 Ward of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Brandi Wade, and Ms. Tiffany Jones of the California Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Penner then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Automobile Club of Southern California, Locator Technologies, LoJack Corporation, the Prado at Balboa Park, VINMonitor, and the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI).
Lieutenant Penner then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.
Lieutenant Penner then held a raffle and recognized
the Prado at Balboa Park for providing a gift
certificate for the raffle, as well as the LoJack
Corporation for providing a LoJack recovery system for the raffle.
Monica Zech then announced
the recipients as Lieutenant Jason Penner,
with Brandi Wade, and Tiffany
Jones assisting, handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition
certificates to each of the recipients.
This year's nominees are (alphabetically):
|Officer Juan Alva||Escondido Police Department|
|Officer Dannie Bihum *9||San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division|
|Officer Steven Bourasa *3||San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division|
|Deputy James Breneman *3||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Ramona Station|
|Officer Joe Camacho *2||National City Police Department|
|Officer Andrew Campbell||San Diego Police Department, Northwestern Division|
|Deputy Jesse Conard||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station|
|Officer John Cortez||San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division|
|Deputy Jeff Cruz||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station|
|Officer Jonathan Deering||Chula Vista Police Department|
|Deputy Tyler Eikermann||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station|
|Deputy Joseph Garay *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Imperial Beach Station|
|Deputy Isaiah Garden *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Rancho San Diego Station|
|Officer Carlos Gaytan||La Mesa Police Department|
|Officer Jordan Good *2||Coronado Police Department|
|Officer Cody Green||Carlsbad Police Department|
|Corporal Tom Hendricks *3||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station|
|Deputy Devin A. Kusler *3||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station|
|Corporal Clifford LaPlant||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station|
|Officer Jason Montoya||San Diego Police Department, Northern Division|
|Officer Juan Mora *3||California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area|
|Officer Daniel Oxley||California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area|
|Officer Samson Pak||El Cajon Police Department|
|Officer David Ramirez||San Diego Police Department, Traffic Division|
|Officer Michael Roberts *14||Oceanside Police Department|
|Deputy Casey Ryan||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Encinitas Station|
|Deputy Darin Smith *2||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station|
|Officer Roger Stonier *8||San Diego Police Department, Central Division|
|Officer Mauricio Troche *2||San Diego Police Department, Southern Division|
|Officer Christopher Turner||California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area|
|Officer Kyle Valente||San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division|
|Officer Eddie Wallin *3||San Diego Police Department, Western Division|
|In 2014, these 32 officers,
representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested
a total of 100 vehicle theft suspects and
recovered 632 vehicles with a total recovery
value of $5,962,976.00.
The Top Five Honorees were:
Deputy Devin Kusler, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county. Deputy Kusler has been with the Sheriff's Department for 6.5 years and has led the Santee Station in stolen vehicle recoveries the last 3 years. He often assists the Regional Auto Theft Task Force with providing information on stolen vehicles and auto thieves in the area he works. Deputy Kusler has been the recipient of four 10851 pin awards. Due to Deputy Kuslerís experience and expertise in vehicle theft investigations, other patrol Deputies often solicit his opinion and advice. Deputy Kusler has proven himself as an invaluable resource and he will be considered an asset wherever he is stationed within the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Lieutenant Karen Stubkjaer, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
Corporal Tom Hendricks, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Corporal Henricks's third nomination for an ATAC award.
Officer Joseph Camacho, National City Police Department, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Camacho's second nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Isaiah Garden, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Rancho San Diego Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Garden's second nomination for an ATAC award.
Officer Juan Mora, California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Officer Mora's third nomination for an ATAC award.
Honorable Mention Recipient:
Officer Samson Pak, with the El Cajon Police Department was presented an Honorable Mention for his excellent police work.
Special recognition went to San Diego Police Department Eastern Division Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Officers Gregg and Melody Stoner for their outstanding contribution in battling vehicle theft. They patrolled as a team in the License Plate Reader vehicle and were responsible for recovering 122 stolen vehicles which resulted in 10 arrests. In 2014 they made 237 separate patrols and have dedicated a combined total of 4,040 patrol hours in their search for stolen vehicles. They have read 1,470,115 licenses plates.
Special recognition also went to the Baja California State Preventive Police, who played an important role in combating vehicle theft in the San Diego and Tijuana region. Cooperation between the California Highway Patrol and the Baja California State Preventive Police has led to the recovery of numerous stolen vehicles and the arrest of vehicle theft suspects. The Baja California State Preventive Police was commended for their contribution in battling vehicle theft. Accepting this recognition were Baja California Secretary of Public Safety Daniel de la Rosa Anaya, Director Marco Montoya, and Commander Rodolfo Luna.
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: