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

May 18, 2006 - Toyota Service Development Center - Torrance


Something for everyone to dream about...

Due to 2006 WSATI Southern Chapter President Steve Torres (DMV Investigations [retired]) being unable to attend, 2006 WSATI Southern Chapter Vice President Bud Hood (Orange County Sheriffs / OCATT) welcomed everyone to the Toyota Service Development Center, WSATI's newest venue. 

Bud then requested that Past President Phil Macklin (AllState Insurance SIU) lead the members in the pledge of allegiance.

Bud then introduced the other 2006 Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Rick Greenwood, Secretary, Riverside Police
Jim Williams, Treasurer, Long Beach Police / TRAP
John Bartolone, Sergeant-At-Arms, DMV Investigations
Richard O. Knapp, Legal Counsel, Knapp & Spurlock, LLP

Bud then introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance: Dennis Frias (1997), Dave Dempsey (1998), Gary Labb (2000), Bill Lovold (2001), and Phil Macklin (2004).

Bud then spoke briefly about the upcoming WSATI Annual Training Seminar being hosted by the Northern Chapter of WSATI on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2006.

Bud also spoke about the upcoming IAATI Training Seminar that will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on August 6th-11th, 2006.

Bud said that the WSATI Southern Chapter will be hosting the 2007 WSATI Annual Training Seminar.  Bud said that he was going to start having bi-monthly meetings to put together the 2007 WSATI Annual Training Seminar and was seeking committee members to assist with putting together the Seminar.  Bud said WSATI possibly would be returning to the San Diego area.  He requested that anyone having an interest, please contact him by email at  or 714 634-1385.

Bud then introduced Anthony Ko, Fraud Supervisor for Toyota/Lexus Financial Services.  Tony gave a background of the Toyota/Lexus Fraud Department.  Tony can be reached by email at  or (866) 420-8723.  

Fraud Administrator Tyler Decker, Toyota Financial Services

Tony then introduced the guest speaker, Tyler Decker.  Tyler, a Fraud Administrator for Toyota Financial Services, gave a PowerPoint presentation covering how people (and companies) are committing fraud when purchasing or leasing motor vehicles.  Tyler can be reached by email at  or (866) 420-8723.

Bud then spoke of the upcoming Auto Theft Advisory Committee (A.T.A.C.) Recovery Officer of the Year Awards / Brunches that will be held to honor recipients in Orange County and San Diego County.  

The San Diego County A.T.A.C. 2005 Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Presentation will take place on Friday, June 2, 2006, and will be held at The Prado at Balboa Park (1549 El Prado, San Diego, 92101-1661).  The primary contact person for this event is Sgt. Jayne Bartholme (CHP - Border Division), at  or (858) 650-3622.

The Orange County A.T.A.C. 2005 Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel (18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, CA 92612 (949) 553-0100).  For further information the primary contact person for this event is Sgt. Dennis Frias (CHP - FEAR), at  or (714) 288-6334.

Bud then had the members in attendance do self introductions.  It was great to see the great turnout of people who traveled in from Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.  Welcome to several new Investigators/Officers joining us, as well as several people we had not seen in awhile. 

Earl Gunnerson, Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California, spoke about an upcoming heavy equipment training session to be held in San Diego on June 8th.  The training will be sponsored by CAT and will be limited to law enforcement personnel.  Earl said that there will be a limited classroom size.  If you want to attend, contact Earl or Jane at  or (562) 860-9006 for RSVPs.

Vic Johnston, LoJack San Diego Law Enforcement Liaision, spoke of LoJack's newest product called LoJack Locate, a combination of their current product combined with GPS/cell technology.  He said it had been available in the east for several months and is now making its way to the west coast.  

Bud then advised the attendees that Toyota/Lexus was making available some of their new vehicles to look at and find out information about.  There were several interesting new Lexus vehicles as well as the Toyota FJ Cruiser and new style Camry.  Jay Brown, Toyota Motor Sales Product Engineer, assisted with the presentation of the vehicles and answering questions.

2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser

Bud then had Rick Greenwood preside over the raffle.  There were a lot of winners.  As Bud explained earlier, the proceeds from the raffle go to support the WSATI Southern Chapter.  The "grand prize" ticket for the DVD player went this month to WSATI Southern Chapter Legal Counsel, Richard O. Knapp.  

Once the raffle was over, those in attendance enjoyed a "tostada bar" style lunch and the chance to talk to their peers at their tables.

Bud then adjourned the meeting.

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