WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER
TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON

July 21, 2005 - Bali Hai Restaurant - San Diego


2005 WSATI Southern Chapter President Frank Graber (Fullerton Police [retired]) welcomed everyone to the Bali Hai Restaurant, our newest meeting venue.  Frank then requested that Past President Gary Labb (Santa Ana PD/OCATT) lead the members in the pledge of allegiance. 

Frank then introduced the 2005 Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Bud Hood, Secretary, Orange County Sheriffs / OCATT
Rick Greenwood, Treasurer, Riverside Police
Jim Williams, Sergeant-At-Arms, Long Beach Police / TRAP

Frank then introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance: Gary Labb (2000), and Bill Lovold (2001).

Frank spoke of the recent passing of longtime Anaheim Police Officer (retired), NICB Agent (retired), WSATI member Bill Ports.  Frank also commented "I thought when I left law enforcement I wasn't going to have to make any more death notifications."  Refer to http://wsati.org/friends.html#ports for further information.

Frank then had the members in attendance do self introductions.  It was great to see the turnout of folks from San Diego Police Department and the San Diego County Sheriffs.  And hats off to all who traveled in from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

Frank then had retired San Diego Police Detective Jerry Park come to the podium to make a presentation on behalf of the current San Diego Police Detectives.  Jerry recognized soon to be retiring San Diego Police Detective Dennis Coffer with a plaque.

Frank then explained the new method that was being used to conduct the meeting raffle.

Frank then introduced the guest speaker, Orange County Deputy District Attorney Pete Pierce, currently assigned to OCATT.  Pete spoke about identity theft and fraud and how it relates to current vehicle theft schemes being observed in Orange County. 

Preceding lunch, Bud Hood presided over the raffle.

Frank announced that a buffet style luncheon was ready and invited those attending to go to the serving table.  During Lunch, WSATI Southern Chapter Past President Dan Ryan (1990) came by to say hello to the members in attendance.  It was good to see Dan.  I had not seen him since IAATI in Albuquerque in 2002.

Following lunch, Frank had members in attendance speak about cases or items of importance. 

Forrest Folck, Motor Vehicle Forensic Service (619 286-7939), spoke about how thieves are bypassing transponder systems in vehicles.  If you are from law enforcement, please contact Forrest and I am sure he can provide the information to you.  As we all know, the vehicle thieves of today are coming up with new ways to defeat theft deterrent systems almost as quickly as the manufacturers put them into place.  For all of us vehicle theft investigators, we know that we will always have a job.

Frank announced that the next meeting would be held in Riverside at a new venue, the Old Spaghetti Factory.

The meeting was adjourned.

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