About the Western Regional Chapter
The Western Regional Chapter was formed and received their IAATI Charter in 1988. The WRC is comprised of 3 Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and the States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. When the WRC was initially formed there was a concern by the local State and Provincial auto theft associations that had been in existence for many years that the WRC would somehow usurp and interfere with their stated objectives and training seminars. As a result of this concern the stated objective of the WRC became one of support for the regional auto theft associations and the training they provided and not to develop a separate Western Regional Chapter Training Seminar. As a result of this stated objective the WRC became known as the "paper chapter" as unlike the other Regional Chapters that make up IAATI, no yearly training seminar would be held so as to conflict with the State and Provincial Auto Theft Associations. This objective remains in place to this day. To further augment the WRC commitment to the local State and Provincial Auto Theft Associations the Board of Directors of the WRC is comprised of the Presidents of the State and Provincial Auto Theft Associations that exist today within the Western Regional Chapter.
Lee S. Cole Officer of the Year Award
This award is presented to a member of the law enforcement community who has demonstrated exceptional performance in the area of auto theft prevention and investigation. The award is restricted to active law enforcement personnel who are members in good standing of the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI. The award consists of a plaque and payment of registration fee for the yearly Seminar. A $500.00 cash stipend can be applied for to assist with the recipient's expenses to attend the Annual Seminar (hotel/travel/etc) where the award will be presented.
Contact the WRC-IAATI Treasurer Rick Greenwood for information on the requirement to qualify for the stipend. The recipient will be determined by a committee comprised of Western Regional Chapter Executive Board members. Please forward nominations to 2016-2017 WRC-IAATI President Michael “Mick” O’Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cut-off date for the nominated activity is August 16, 2017. Please submit a 1 page description of the nomination to the WRC-IAATI Executive Board email@example.com by August 16, 2017. The award will be presented during the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA) Seminar in Laughlin, NV taking place on September 11-14, 2017. For further information on the Seminar, please visit the AATIA website.
For more on the Lee S. Cole Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/leecoleaward.html.
WRC-IAATI Executive Board
Achievement of Excellence Award
The award is intended to honor a unit, team or organization possessing the qualifications of an active member of WRC-IAATI and who has distinguished themselves in a multi-disciplined motor vehicle crimes investigation or through their unparalleled support in combating motor vehicle crimes through public education efforts or financial support of an organization undertaking such investigations. Criteria for nominations:
- Eligible recipients will be:
- Auto Theft Task Force / Unit or Team
- Auto Theft Prevention Authority
- Insurance Special Investigation Unit
- District or Attorney General’s Office
- Recipients must be an active member of the state auto theft chapter and the WRC-IAATI
- The nominated investigation or documented support must generally be within the year of the award however multi-year investigations will be considered
- Will consist of a plaque with the organizational winner’s name, the year and investigation’s designation
- A $500 stipend will be made available to the winner to defray costs associated with attending the conference to receive the award. Please contact WRC-IAATI Treasurer Rick Greenwood for information on the requirement to qualify for the stipend.
The cut-off date for the nominated activity is August 16, 2017. Please submit a 1 page description of the nomination to the WRC-IAATI Executive Board firstname.lastname@example.org by August 16, 2017. The award will be presented during the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA) Seminar in Laughlin, NV taking place on September 11-14, 2017. For further information on the Seminar, please visit the AATIA website
The 2013 Award was presented at the 2013 Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA) Training Seminar in Laughlin, NV on September 12, 2013. The WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award was presented to the Orange County (CA) Auto Theft Taskforce (OCATT) represented by Task Force Commander Brian Lee, Task Force Sergeant Bob Barkley, and Lead Case Investigator Kraig Palmer. As the result of lead investigator Kraig Palmer's investigation into the theft of rental cars obtained by fraudulent credit card information, OCATT detectives located and recovered 42 vehicles with an estimated value of over $1,200,000, and 27 suspects were arrested. Additionally, two stolen guns were recovered and numerous charges were added for possession of narcotics. Several probation searches and search warrants were also conducted. During the execution of one of the probation searches, OCATT detectives discovered an advanced credit card manufacturing operation and recovered several thousand dollars in credit card manufacturing equipment and software. OCATT detectives also recovered over 100 credit card account profiles used for credit card theft. After the primary suspect’s arrest, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office filed 35 felony counts against her.
For more on the WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/wrciaatiaward.html.
Gerald Jerry Boyer Memorial Award
This award is presented to a member of the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI or a member of one of the WSATI Chapters for outstanding service and unselfish dedication to the organization. The recipient can be law enforcement or civilian, active or retired. A committee comprised of Western States Auto Theft Investigators Association, Northwest Chapter Executive Board Members will determine the recipient. Please forward nominations to Frank Zangar via email to email@example.com along with a brief background of the nominee, along with a contact telephone number and e-mail address of the nominator. The deadline for submission of nominations is September 1, 2014. The 2013 Gerald "Jerry" Boyer Memorial Award will be presented at the 2014 WSATI Training Seminar in South Lake Tahoe.
The 2012 Gerald "Jerry" Boyer Memorial Award was presented to Connecticut State Police Sergeant Robert "Bob" Kenney who has been providing training at WSATI and IAATI Seminars for many years. Bob has dedicated his time to providing training to law enforcement personnel, specializing in Harley identification, V-Twin identification, sport bike identification, and ATV identification. His handout material is sought after by even those who can't attend his classes.
For more on the Gerald Jerry Boyer Memorial Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/boyeraward.html.
2017 Annual General Meeting/Elections
The 2017 WRC-IAATI Annual General Meeting / Elections will take place during the 2017 Arizona Auto Theft Investigators (AATIA) Seminar in Laughlin, NV taking place on September 11-14, 2017. For further information on the Seminar, please visit https://www.aatia.com/training/ .
Anyone who has an interest in joining the 2017-2018 WRC-IAATI Executive Board, please send a resume to the current Executive Board members firstname.lastname@example.org expressing what position you are seeking.
The WRC-IAATI Executive Board is currently seeking interested individuals to become WRC-IAATI Directors in their geographical area. Please go to http://www.wrciaati.org/officers.asp to see the current vacant Director positions. If you have an interest, please contact the Executive Board at email@example.com. Our goal is to have all geographical areas in the Western Regional Chapter represented.
As a reminder, the WRC-IAATI, unlike IAATI, makes no distinction between "active" and "affiliate" members in regards to their ability to be an WRC-IAATI Executive Board Officer or an WRC-IAATI Director. Everyone is welcome to serve.
The 2016 WRC-IAATI Annual General Meeting / Elections took place during the Southern WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego, CA in September of this past year. The following were the results of the elections of the 2016-2017 WRC-IAATI Executive Board: President John Bartolone, NICB; 1st Vice President Mick O’Neil, Hagerty Insurance SIU; 2nd Vice President Wendell Takata, Hawaii Attorney General’s Office; 3rd Vice President Carmen Swanson, Sunwest Federal Credit Union; Associate Director Kristopher “KC” Krusey, Federal Way Police Department, Washington; Associate Director Melissa Sommers, Crime Prevention Program, Associate Director Todd Wolf, California Highway Patrol, Treasurer Rick Greenwood, Riverside (CA) PD; and Past President Dennis Frias, Locator Technologies, OCRA-Mexico [Retired CHP ISU].
The Western Chapter is comprised of the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan and the States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Please contact Michael “Mick” O’Neill via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on becoming a member of the Western Chapter or news on upcoming seminars and or training.
Should any Western Chapter members have notices that they wish to post on this Web Site pertaining to upcoming training seminars or training opportunities please advise Michael “Mick” O’Neill via e-mail at email@example.com.
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