27th ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING DAY

at the

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Presented by TOYOTA and NICB

On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, law enforcement vehicle theft investigators and NICB Special Agents were allowed to enter the Los Angeles Auto Show from 0830 hours to 1000 hours for vehicle identification training.   NICB Special Agent James Rocker welcomed everyone to the Auto Show Training.  He then introduced Toyota / Lexus representative Bob Nagai.  Bob spoke about how he and his partner, Norm Adams, heard from several detectives in the late 80s about the only way of being able to see good VINs and identification information was in tow yards.  Bob said that he and Norm then teamed up with NICB and convinced the L.A. Auto Show to open their doors early so vehicle theft detectives could look at cars in a safe, warm, and well lit environment to see the current VIN and identification information.  This was the 27th Annual Law Enforcement Training Day sponsored by Toyota and the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Between 0730-0830 hours, attendees received training provided by San Bernardino Police Department Sergeant Scott Murray and Detective Ernest Luna.  They gave a debriefing on the terrorist incident occurring in San Bernardino on December 2, 2015.  

Refreshments were provided by Toyota and NICB in room 515 A&B on the second floor of the lobby between 0630 and 0815 hours. 

The training is provided to allow auto theft investigators an opportunity to inspect new vehicle identification numbers, and interact with vehicle manufacturer's representatives. 

"IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT A GOOD IDENTIFICATION NUMBER LOOKS LIKE, 
YOU WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A BAD ONE" 
This theory depicts the purpose and scope of the training day. 

Some vehicle manufacturer's representatives were available during this event to provide assistance with the training by displaying their vehicles, providing verbal and/or printed information, and by answering questions.  The show also provides an opportunity for manufacturer's representatives to interact with law enforcement officers and NICB agents to review current vehicle theft problems, security issues and trends.

Please provide feedback regarding your experience at the training to NICB Special Agent James Rocker.  It will be used in preparing the next Training taking place in 2016  If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact NICB Special Agent James Rocker, at e-mail address jrocker@nicb.org / Telephone 714-292-8581. 

As a courtesy, retired Agent Mark Winter previously provided a vehicle inspection form that could be used as a template for the vehicles that were inspected this year.

Also attached is a short page to help explain transponder/immobilizer key systems.  The manufacturer representatives at the last show said that there were many officers unaware of the scope of the technology involved.

Downloadable files:
Transponder / Immobilizers (31 kb large password encrypted Adobe .pdf file) 
Vehicle Inspection Sheet (24 kb large password encrypted Adobe .pdf file)

Both files are password encrypted.  The password was previously given out to law enforcement personnel.  If you need the password, please contact the Webmaster from your law enforcement agency email address
 

SA Rocker
Bob Nagai
Sgt Murray
Det Luna
What Country?  What Kind of Vehicle?

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