THE JOHN HOOTMAN AWARD
The John Hootman Memorial Award (formerly known as the "Hooter's Hummer" Award) will be presented annually at the January meeting of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association. It is named after the late California Highway Patrol Investigator John D. Hootman of the Inland Division Investigations Services Unit. It honors the memory of an officer who gave so much time, effort, enthusiasm, and innovation towards helping the construction industry prevent and resolve equipment crimes.
The name "Hooter's Hummer" represents the last major case he spearheaded, the $10 million dollar recovery case against a suspect. This was the code name that John created for that memorable five-year case. That case remains the largest recovery of stolen construction equipment in United States History.
There are two parts to this award. First, a permanent gold hard hat, on which a small personalized plaque will be added each year naming the newest winner. The hard hat will be passed from winner to winner at this annual meeting. Second, a personalized plaque will be given each year to the current winner to keep.
The following people have been recognized by the Crime Prevention Program and awarded the John Hootman Memorial Award:
|YEAR||RECIPIENT||AGENCY AT TIME OF AWARD|
|2013||MIGUEL GARCIA, FRED LANGLEY, MATT LEWIS||RAID|
|2013||JOHN RODRIGUEZ, SCOTT VON GORDER||RAID|
|2012||BEN BLACK, JOE WILLIAMSON||LOS ANGELES PD SAFE DETAIL|
|2011||KARIE MENDOZA||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU|
|2011||J.J. RODRIGUEZ, MATT LEWIS||RAID|
|2010||RIVERSIDE AUTO THEFT INTERDICTION DETAIL TEAM||RAID|
|2009||GABE MARQUEZ||CHP SOUTHERN ISU - TRAP|
|2008||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU TEAM||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU|
|2008||HEATH KUHLMANN (Special Recognition Award)||CHP - ASSIGNED TO SANCATT|
|2007||MICHAEL PEREZ||LOS ANGELES PD - BAD CATS|
|2006||RICHARD CHEEVER||CHP SOUTHERN DIVISION ISU|
|2006||LOU KOVEN||LOS ANGELES PD - BAD CATS|
|2005||MICHAEL HARTMANN, JUAN PONCE||VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFFS|
|2004||MICHAEL HARRIS, KURT NESTER||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU|
|2003||CHP COASTAL DIVISION SLOCATS TEAM||SLOCATS|
|2003||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU TEAM (Special Recognition Award)||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU|
|2002||STEVE REARDON, PETE HERRERA||CHP BORDER DIVISION ISU|
|2002||BILL CHAMBERLIN, BILL KIBBETT||CHP BORDER DIVISION ISU|
|2001||RIVERSIDE AUTO THEFT INTERDICTION DETAIL TEAM||RAID|
|2000||RICK MARSHALL||CHP - ASSIGNED TO CECATS|
|1999||DALE NANCARROW||L.A. COUNTY TRAP - NORTH|
|1999||STEVE KOLB||LOS ANGELES PD - BAD CATS|
|1998||RIVERSIDE AUTO THEFT INTERDICTION DETAIL TEAM||RAID|
|1997||RIVERSIDE AUTO THEFT INTERDICTION DETAIL TEAM||RAID|
|1996||DAVE SCHWARTZKOPF||CHP INLAND DIVISION ISU|
|WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Current members of the WSATI organization,
including individual law enforcement officers or their departments, task
forces, insurance companies, private investigators, etc. If a multi-agency
group or task force is selected, the award will be presented to the whole
unit, not a single officer representing the group.
DATES AND LOCATIONS OF ELIGIBILITY: Only specific activities, which took place between January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, will be considered. To be eligible, activities must have taken place within at least one of the ten Southern California counties, the same area covered by this Crime Prevention Program.
ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES: Prevention or resolution of construction industry theft or vandalism incidents, apprehension of suspects, and training or educational activities for officers or the general public. These construction cases should reflect the nominee's personal interest, enthusiasm, commitment, and innovation. The award is not to be based on the dollar value of any recoveries, although any overall value should be noted.
For a copy of the application, contact the CPP Office or click here for a Word .doc version of the application that can be downloaded and printed.
DEADLINE: All mailed entries must be received at the CPP Office by January 1, 2015. Please send entries to:
Board of Directors
(562) 860-9006 / 24-Hour Reward / Hotline 800-432-7257 X 823
The presentation will take place at the January 2015 WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon. For information regarding the WSATI Training Meetings, please click here or on the WSATI man below.
For more information regarding the Crime Prevention Program, click here.
For a review of the actual "Hooter's Hummer" case file from John Hootman (password encrypted), please click here.