Message From The Past President
January 8, 2009
Riverside Police Department, CA
President, Western Regional Chapter, IAATI
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Western Regional Chapter of IAATI,
I wish to welcome you to the start of another year here in the Western Region. Your new executive board assumed their duties on January 1St, and I would like to introduce you to them.
Our new 1St Vice President is Sgt. J.D. Hough, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. J.D. has been with DPS for twenty-eight years, and since 2001 been assigned to the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, were he supervises one of six squads.
J.D. is currently serving his third two-year term as President of the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association (AATIA).
Det. Jim Kautz is the new 2nd Vice President. Jim has been with the Westminster Police Department in Colorado for 37 years and has been assigned to the investigations division since 1976.
Jim is a three time (1994/2003/2006) past president of the Colorado Auto Theft Investigators association, and is a driving force in arranging the 2009 IAATI seminar being held in Colorado this August.
The 3rd Vice President is retired Det. Frank Graber. Frank is retired from the Fullerton Police Department in Southern California. Frank served 31 years with Fullerton PD, 12 years in Auto Theft, four of which were with the Orange County Auto Theft Taskforce (OCATT).
Frank is the 2005 past president of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Southern Chapter.
Our newest member of the executive board is retired Det. Bud Hood of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Southern California. Bud worked for Orange County SO for 28 years with the last 6 of those being assigned to the Orange County Auto Theft Taskforce (OCATT).
Bud is the 2007 past president of the Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Southern Chapter.
We are fortunate to have a very experienced and dedicated group to guide our organization this year.
For those of you at live in states that have local auto theft associations, I urge all of you to become involved. Knowledge is a powerful tool to have and being involved gives you knowledge. An organization like ours provides the means to make connections with people who can provide assistance, not only on a local level but on a national and international level. If you have ever attended one of the IAATI seminars you have had an opportunity to meet people from around the world. Not many in local law enforcement have these opportunities, so don’t let them pass you by.
One of the advantages of being a member of the Western Region is there are a multitude of training seminars being conducted by the various independent auto theft associations. This year, we will have the opportunity to host the International Association seminar in the Denver area August 9th – 14th. Please start planning now to attend what will be an outstanding seminar in Colorado. With budgets being what they are right now, remember to ask early and ask often.
Also as a special note the Western Regional Chapter general membership meeting will be held for the first time in conjunction with the Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association seminar in Laughlin NV.
Other training events that have already been scheduled are:
WSATI Oregon Trails Chapter
|Three one day seminars:||April 8th in Portland, OR|
|June 12th in Eugene, OR|
|September 25th in Pendleton, OR|
International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Seminar
August 9th – 14th Denver CO
Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association
September 15th – 18th in Laughlin, NV
WSATI Northern Chapter will be hosting the California seminar in South Lake Tahoe.
Oct 5th – 7th.