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MAY 17, 2018


2018 WSATI Southern Chapter President Jeff Enfield (LASD / TRAP) welcomed everyone to the meeting and a new WSATI venue, the SCE Energy Education Center, in Irwindale.   

Jeff requested that Vice President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU) lead the attendees in the pledge of allegiance. 

Chapter Title Name Current Agency Telephone
President: Jeff Enfield LASD / TRAP (626) 572-5623
Vice President: Mick O'Neill Hagerty Insurance SIU (213) 400-1030
Secretary: Johnny Miyasaki Long Beach Police (562) 570-5035
Treasurer: Melissa Somers Crime Prevention Program of SoCal (562) 860-9006
Sergeant-At-Arms: Mike Carnakis LASD / TRAP (323) 833-8873
Associate Director: Joe Starbird Long Beach Police (310) 345-6465
Associate Director: Alan Skobin LASD / TRAP (818) 778-2970
Associate Director: Rob Midzuno Nationwide Insurance SIU (415) 290-6114
Past President: Heather Roberts Liberty Mutual Insurance SIU (818) 584-5049
Legal Counsel: Richard Knapp Knapp Law Firm, LLP (714) 434-9600

Jeff introduced the other Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Vice President Mick O'Neill (Hagerty Insurance SIU)
Secretary Johnny Miyasaki (Long Beach Police)
Treasurer Melissa Somers (CPP of SoCal)
Sergeant-At-Arms Mike Carnakis (LASD / TRAP)
Associate Director Rob Midzuno (Nationwide Insurance SIU)
Past President Heather Roberts (Liberty Mutual SIU)
Legal Counsel Richard Knapp (Knapp & Spurlock, LLP) 

Associate Director Joe Starbird (Long Beach Police) and Associate Director Alan Skobin (LASD/TRAP) could not attend the meeting.

WSATI Southern Chapter Past Presidents who were in attendance:

Ted Saraf (1992), Dennis Frias (1997), Gary Labb (2000), Lou Koven (2002), Tim Jackson (2014), and Heather Roberts (2017)

Jeff then introduced the Guest Speaker, Jonathan Birk, CEO of Juliet Bravo Solutions.  Jonathan gave a presentation addressing vehicle forensics, telematics, and infotainment systems.  The presentation was very enlightening and there was even more information given out during the lively question and answer segment.

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Following the presentation, Jeff announced that the 2018 WSATI Training Seminar, hosted by the Northern Chapter, will take place October 8-10, 2018, at the Mont Bleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe.  He said that information was posted on the WSATI website.

During the roundtable discussion, Dennis Frias (Locator Technologies / OCRA) reminded the attendees that the Orange County Auto Theft Advisory Committee Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Awards Brunch is on May 23, 2018 in Garden Grove.  He invited attendees to participate in this event recognizing the top recovery officers from each law enforcement agency in Orange County.

Webmaster Gary Labb (Santa Ana Police / OCATT [retired]) advised the attendees of the encrypted online networking roster and gave the attendees the password to allow them access to the roster.

Jeff invited those who purchased luncheon tickets to enjoy their lunch while networking with the others in the room.  The attendees were able to enjoy an abundant amount of food provided.

Following the luncheon, the raffle was conducted by Mick O'Neill , with the help of Mike Carnakis, Johnny Miyasaki, and Melissa Somers.  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.

Jeff announced the next meeting / luncheon would be held on July 19, 2018.  The venue will be the Petersen Automotive Museum.  The presentation will be on Classic Car Theft.  RSVPs will be necessary for the luncheon portion of this meeting.

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, July 19, 2018 10:00 am.  The meeting will take place at the Petersen Automotive Museum, located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (1- 323-964-6331).  

The Guest Speakers will be NICB / FEAR Special Agent Lou Koven, LAPD / TRAP Detective George Molina, and LAPD / TRAP Detective Cesar Ramirez.  They will be giving a presentation on Classic Car Theft Investigations.

For a map and directions to this meeting, please click here.

RSVPs will be necessary for this meeting's luncheon portion of the meeting. Only RSVP if you will be attending the luncheon portion of this meeting. Please RSVP via rsvp@wsati.org by Thursday, July 12, 2018, noon (12:00 pm).  The WSATI Southern Chapter Officers are also seeking your thoughts about future training at the meetings.  Please include your ideas of what you'd like to see when you make your RSVP for this meeting. 
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