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 2012-2013 WRC-IAATI President Bud Hood at email@example.com. The cut-off date for the nominated activity is between June 15, 2012 and June 15, 2013. The dates for accepting the 2013 nominations for this award have yet to be determined. The award will be presented at the 2013 Training Seminar that will host the 2013 WRC-IAATI General Meeting / Elections.
The 2012 Award was presented at the 2012 Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Training Seminar in South Lake Tahoe, NV on October 3, 2012. The 2012 Lee S. Cole Award was presented to Phoenix Police Department Officer Robert Baraban, who as a member of the law enforcement community demonstrated exceptional performance in the area of auto theft prevention and investigation. One of Officer Baraban's many accomplishments was the recovery over 40 stolen vehicles within one year.
For more on the Lee S. Cole Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/leecoleaward.html.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bud Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Generalís 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 winnerís name, the year and investigationís 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.
Please submit a 1 page description of the nomination to the WRC-IAATI Executive Board (email@example.com) by a date to be determined. The award will be presented at the Training Seminar hosting the WRC-IAATI 2013 General Meeting and Elections.
The 2012 Award was presented at the 2012 Western States Auto Theft Investigators (WSATI) Training Seminar in South Lake Tahoe, NV on October 3, 2012. The WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award was presented to the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) Executive Board represented by Grant Manager Dianna Pratt Wilson and board member Tanya Rumer. CATPA has provided excellent leadership and supervision in granting over $4 million dollars in grants to auto theft task forces, public education endeavors and training.
For more on the WRC-IAATI Executive Board Achievement of Excellence Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/wrciaatiaward.html.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bud Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at email@example.com along with a brief background of the nominee, along with a contact telephone number and e-mail address of the nominator. Nominations should be sent via e-mail to Frank Zangar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2010 Award was presented at the 2010 WSATI Training Seminar in San Diego on May 27, 2010. Northwest Chapter President Doug Young presented the 2010 award to Frank Zangar who could not make it to the WSATI Training Seminar. It was presented to Frank on June 10, 2010 in Washington. Frank is the LoJack Law Enforcement Liaison in Washington, former member of the Washington State Patrol, Past President of IAATI WRC and Past President of the WSATI Northwest Chapter.
For more on the Gerald Jerry Boyer Memorial Award, please go to http://www.wsati.org/boyeraward.html.
2013 Annual General Meeting/Elections
The 2013 WRC-IAATI Annual General Meeting / Elections, will take place during the 2013 Training Seminar that will host the 2013 WRC-IAATI General Meeting / Elections. A date/time for the WRC-IAATI General Meeting has not been set yet.
As we get closer to the 2013 WRC-IAATI Annual General Meeting / Elections, we will be asking that anyone who has an interest in joining the 2013-2014 WRC-IAATI Executive Board send a resume to the current Executive Board members email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 2012 WRC-IAATI Annual General Meeting / Elections took place during the WSATI Training Seminar in South Lake Tahoe, NV on 10/03/12. The following were the results of the elections of the 2012-2013 WRC-IAATI Executive Board: President Bud Hood, Orange County (CA) SD / OCATT [Retired]; 1st Vice President Rick Spallinger, NICB; 2nd Vice President Annette Jacobs, Phoenix (AZ) PD; 3rd Vice President Dennis Frias, Locator Technologies/VINMonitor; Associate Director John Bartolone, CA DMV; Treasurer Rick Greenwood, Riverside (CA) PD; and Past President Bill Johnson, Arvada (CO) PD.
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 Bud Hood via e-mail at email@example.com 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 Gary Labb via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should any Western Chapter members have notices that they wish to post on this Web Site pertaining to employment or information that may be of interest to our membership please advise Bud Hood via e-mail at email@example.com.