SAN DIEGO COUNTY VEHICLE THEFT
2015 RECOVERY OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARDS PRESENTATION BRUNCH
|Sponsored by the San Diego County Auto Theft Advisory
Committee (A.T.A.C.), a partnership between law enforcement, insurance,
and other auto related companies to reduce auto theft. A.T.A.C. is a subcommittee
of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Southern Chapter.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 9:30 a.m. - The Prado at Balboa Park
|Those participating included:
ATAC Chairperson California Highway Patrol Border Division Lieutenant Jason Penner led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lieutenant Penner then introduced San Diego County Sheriff's Department Chaplain Father Russell Martin who gave the invocation.
Lieutenant Penner explained that the Auto Theft Advisory Committee, or ATAC, is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, government, insurance companies, the San Diego New Car Dealer's Association, car rental companies, and other related businesses who share a common goal to reduce vehicle thefts in San Diego County.
Lieutenant Penner then explained that ATAC was a subcommittee of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Association, allowing ATAC to provide donors with the benefits of a non-profit organization.
Lieutenant Penner then introduced and thanked the San Diego County Auto Theft Advisory Committee members who put together the awards presentation; Ms. Martha Jones-Joseph and Ms. Geraldine Ward of the Automobile Club of Southern California; Ms. Brandi Wade, and Ms. Tiffany Jones of the California Highway Patrol.
Lieutenant Penner then thanked the sponsors of this year's awards presentation, the Automobile Club of Southern California, Locator Technologies, LoJack Corporation, the Prado at Balboa Park, VINMonitor, and the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI).
Lieutenant Penner then wanted to thank all the ATAC members who volunteer their time each year.
Lieutenant Penner then held a raffle and recognized
the Prado at Balboa Park for providing a gift
certificate for the raffle, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Estate Buyers
for providing two gift certificates for the raffle, as well as the LoJack
Corporation for providing a LoJack recovery system for the raffle.
Monica Zech then announced
the recipients as Lieutenant Jason Penner,
with Brandi Wade, and Tiffany
Jones assisting, handed out the numerous award plaques and recognition
certificates to each of the recipients.
This year's recipients are (alphabetically):
|Deputy Jared Anderson||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station|
|Officer Bryan Baker||San Diego Police Department, Mid-City Division|
|Officer Dannie Bihum *10||San Diego Police Department, Eastern Division|
|Officer Steven Bourasa *4||San Diego Police Department, Northeastern Division|
|Deputy James Breneman *4||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Ramona Station|
|Deputy Aaron Brooke||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Santee Station|
|Deputy Alexander Brust||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station|
|Officer Joe Camacho *3||National City Police Department|
|Deputy Ricardo Carlon||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos|
|Agent Eric Carter *2||Chula Vista Police Department|
|Officer John Cortez *2||San Diego Police Department, Southeastern Division|
|Officer Jason Darby||San Diego Police Department, Northern Division|
|Officer TJ Dunn||Oceanside Police Department|
|Officer Carlos Gaytan *2||La Mesa Police Department|
|Officer Cody Green *2||Carlsbad Police Department|
|Officer Mark Hallmark *7||California Highway Patrol, El Cajon Area|
|Deputy Derrick Jones||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Poway Station|
|Corporal Devin A. Kusler *4||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station|
|Officer Leo Lozano||California Highway Patrol, San Diego Area|
|Deputy Evan McCormick||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Coastal Station|
|Officer Daniel Oxley *2||California Highway Patrol, Oceanside Area|
|Officer Terrence Pizzuti||Escondido Police Department|
|Officer Brian Rollefson||San Diego Police Department, Southern Division|
|Officer Roger Stonier *9||San Diego Police Department, Central Division|
|Corporal Michael Svec||San Diego State University Police Department|
|Officer Jordan Walker||El Cajon Police Department|
|Officer Eddie Wallin *4||San Diego Police Department, Western Division|
|Officer Brian Wray||Coronado Police Department|
|Deputy Jesus Yniquez||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Rancho San Diego Station|
|Deputy Terence York||San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Fallbrook Station|
|In 2015, these 30 officers,
representing almost every law enforcement agency in San Diego County, arrested
a total of 138 vehicle theft suspects and
recovered 568 vehicles with a total recovery
value of $4,243,324.00.
The Top Five Honorees were:
Corporal Devin Kusler, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Alpine Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the most stolen vehicles in the entire county. Corporal Kusler has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 7.5 years and has led stolen vehicle recoveries for the last 4 years at each station he has worked. Corporal Kusler was last year’s ATAC Top Vehicle Theft recovery Officer of the year for 2014. He has been the recipient of six 10851 awards and received his Master 10851 pin earlier this year. For 2015, Corporal Kusler recovered a total of 30 vehicles, including 14 occupied stolen vehicles resulting in 16 arrest, with a recovery value of $263,600. This is Corporal Kusler’s fourth ATAC award. Congratulations Corporal Kusler and thank you for your dedication to the citizens of San Diego County. Lieutenant Mario Zermeno, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, accepted the ATAC Perpetual Plaque which will remain at the department for the next year.
Deputy Ricardo Carlon, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, San Marcos Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the second most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Carlon’s second nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Aaron Brooke, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Sante Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the third most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Brooke’s First nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Jared Anderson, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Valley Center Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fourth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Anderson’s first nomination for an ATAC award.
Deputy Alexander Brust, San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Vista Station, was honored as the Officer recovering the fifth most stolen vehicles in the county. This is Deputy Brust’s first nomination for an ATAC award.
For Photos from the Awards Ceremony, Please Click Here
Special thanks to the following organizations for participating and sponsoring the San Diego County Auto Theft Advisory Committee (A.T.A.C.) and its Officer of the Year Program: