JAMES M. "Jim" HAYES
|My first OCATT partner, current instructing partner,
and long-time friend, Jim Hayes, passed away Tuesday morning, September
1, 2015, following a devastating injury in an accident on Thursday, August
27, 2015. Jim was a Navy diver, among many job assignments, before
being discharged and joining the Imperial County Sheriff's Department.
He decided to lateral to the Buena Park Police Department where he became
a well respected Detective. When OCATT began in June 1993, Jim was
my first partner and the legend began. One of our assignments was
to instruct Patrol / Traffic Officers about what they may encounter as
far as VIN switched cars was concerned. We went from a ten-minute
roll call presentation to the current advanced officer's POST certified
16 hour class. I was just getting ready to begin the 2nd day of our
scheduled class when I was notified that Jim had passed earlier in the
morning. Jim was very involved in OCATI and WSATI over the years.
We instructed at an IAATI Training Seminar and several WSATI Training Seminars.
We also had the opportunity to instruct out of state in Hawaii, Arizona,
This is a difficult day for so many of us who worked with and were friends with Jim.
My hearts goes out to all of you as well, Gary
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Veteran's Committal Service