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SEPTEMBER 21, 2017


2017 WSATI Southern Chapter President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU) welcomed everyone to the meeting at the Ontario Police Department. 

Heather lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. 

Chapter Title Name Current Agency Telephone
President: Heather Roberts Liberty Mutual Insurance SIU (818) 584-5049
Vice President: Jeff Enfield LASD / TRAP (626) 572-5623
Secretary: Mick O'Neill Hagerty Insurance SIU (213) 400-1030
Treasurer: Mike Stefanoff CHP / OCATT (714) 231-8068
Sergeant-At-Arms: Johnny Miyasaki Long Beach Police (562) 570-5035
Associate Director: Rob Midzuno Nationwide Insurance SIU (415) 290-6114
Associate Director: Alan Skobin LASD / TRAP (818) 778-2970
Associate Director: Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Past President: Brian Yori LAPD / TRAP (562) 345-4269
Legal Counsel: Richard Knapp Knapp Law Firm, LLP (714) 434-9600

Other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Jeff Enfield (LASD/TRAP)
Secretary Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Treasurer Mike Stefanoff (CHP/OCATT)
Sergeant at Arms Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)
Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP)
Associate Director Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance were introduced:

Skip Davidson (1991), Ted Saraf (1992), Gary Labb (2000), and Tim Jackson (2014)

Heather then introduced WSATI Secretary Mick O'Neill, Hagerty Insurance SIU, to introduce the Guest Speaker.  Mick introduced Guest Speaker Richard Warren, Eye in the Sky Aerial Photography, who gave a presentation on the use of Drones for Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Fire Protection, and Motion Picture Industry.  Following this, a question / answer period was held.  Richard then took the attendees outside and gave a practical application presentation using two drones. For photos from Richard's Drone Demonstration, please click here. For a video from the drone taken during the demonstration, please click here.

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Following Richard's presentation, Heather had the attendees do self introductions.  Heather spoke about the upcoming WSATI Training Seminar in Lake Tahoe, October 1-4, 2017, hosted by the Central Chapter.  Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [Retired]) spoke about the networking encrypted roster available to the attendees via the WSATI website.  Gary gave the password to the attendees.

Following the self introductions, Heather announced that the Santa Maria Style Bar-B-Que was ready for everyone to enjoy.  Everyone helped themselves to the tri-tip, chicken, hot links, salad, potato salad, beans, rolls, and cookies.  Everyone appeared to enjoy and some took a trip back for seconds....  A big thank you to the "Iron Chefs," Johnny Miyasaki, Jeff Enfield, and Richard Knapp for helping to prepare the meal. 

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill, Melissa Somers, and Richard Knapp.  The raffle helps raise money for WSATI funds that assist in putting on future seminars, as well as supporting events such as the San Diego and Orange County ATAC Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year programs. 

There were several new faces that came to the meeting, as well as several "old" members who had not been to the meetings in some time.  Thank you all for your attendance.

Heather announced the next meeting / luncheon would be held on November 16, 2017.  She said that the location had yet to be confirmed.   She said that Richard Knapp would be giving a presentation.  She asked the attendees to check back on the website for further information once the location was confirmed.

The meeting was adjourned. 


The Training Meetings / Luncheons begin at 10 a.m. and go until about 1 p.m. Lunch is served about 11:30 a.m.  We would recommend coming about 9:30 a.m. to meet your peers and share coffee or tea. 
The cost is:
Training Meeting / Luncheon   $25.00 Training Meeting / No Luncheon  $10.00
(includes one raffle ticket) (morning coffee/tea included)


The next WSATI Southern Chapter Training Meeting / Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:00 am. November's meeting will be held at Malloy Racing in Corona.  You won't want to miss out on your chance to see this amazing collection of unique vintage race cars and historical memorabilia that can only be seen by invitation.  When you RSVP for the meeting, you will be contacted by a WSATI Chapter Officer to give you the event location. 

The Guest Speaker will be Richard Knapp, Knapp and Spurlock, LLP, who will give a presentation. Please check back here for further information.

A Santa Maria style Bar-B-Que will be served to those attendees who plan to have lunch.

RSVPs are necessary for this meeting and luncheon.  When you RSVP, please indicate whether you will be attending the meeting only or attending both the meeting and luncheon.  Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, November 9, 2017, noon (12:00 pm).

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