WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
NORTHERN CHAPTER
29th ANNUAL TRAINING SEMINAR
OCTOBER 2ND - 4TH, 2000

CAESAR'S TAHOE HOTEL
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, NEVADA

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Nevada Highway Patrol Honor Guard

The 29th Annual Training Seminar was held at Caesar's Tahoe Hotel on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2000 in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  This year's seminar was hosted by the Northern Chapter of WSATI.

Golf Chairman James Lamberto co-ordinated a Golf Tournament at the Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch in Genoa, Nevada prior to the seminar.  Northern Chapter President Mike Miller put together a "Hot Cars and Hot Rods" show that also was held prior to the seminar.

Opening Ceremonies of the 29th Annual Training Seminar

The seminar opened with the Nevada Highway Patrol Honor Guard presenting the flags of Canada and the United States.  The national anthems of both countries were played for all in attendance.  Northern Chapter President Mike Miller presided over the opening cere- monies and welcomed the close to 500 participants. 

WSATI Northern Chapter President Mike Miller welcoming the seminar attendees

Guests speakers included Washoe County (California) Sheriff Chaplain Paul Cook, Douglas County (Nevada) Sheriff Ron Pierini and IAATI National President Roger Van Drew.  The Keynote Speaker was Dwight "Spike" Helmick, the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

IAATI National President Roger Van Drew, Illinois State Police Keynote Speaker Spike Helmick, Commissioner California Highway Patrol

Commissioner Helmick not only spoke on the topic of vehicle theft and how it was on the decrease in California, but also spoke about his friend (and ours) Fritz Grimsley.  We were given information as to the "real" reason WSATI was formed about thirty years ago...

Mike Miller gave a special thank you to WSATI Southern Chapter President Gary Labb  for helping promote the seminar on the Southern Chapter website www.wsati.orgGary is the webmaster of the WSATI.org website.

The following classes (and instructors) were available for the participants to attend:

* International Thefts and Repatriation of Vehicles - Mark Stowell (NICB)
* NICB Update and Changes - Gene Glenn (NICB)
* Organized Crime - William Schaefer (U.S. Attorney Generals Office)
* Forum on defense strategies on auto theft and insurance fraud - Rhonda Clifton (Nevada Attorney Generals Office) / Mary Lou Wilson (Defense Attorney)
* Link Analysis - Eric Zidenberg (Orion Computer Software)
* Vehicle Recovery Systems - Howard Closson, Ted Saraf, and John Gantt (LoJack)
* VIN switches: what to look for, how they are performed - Lee Martin (CHP)
* Harley Davidson and "Harley Clones" - Bob Kenney (Connecticut State Police)
* Use of computers and "High Tech" investigative methods - Mike Menz (High Tech Crimes Task Force)
* Legal Update - Brian Myers (Sacramento District Attorneys Office)
* Repossession laws and procedures - Ken Krohn (National Auto Recovery Bureau)
* Vehicle Identification - Gary Steiner (Santa Monica PD)
* Big Rig & Trailer Theft and Identification - Pete Briones (NICB)
* Import / Speed shop scams and frauds - Mike Bender (NICB)
* Stolen Boat Identification - Keith Jackson (LAPD)
 

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