Awards Program

IAATI Awards

Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award

This award, named in honor of the late Raymond H. Dreher of the Missouri Highway Patrol, is given to the IAATI members who have distinguished themselves by service to the association or for other outstanding acts in the vehicle theft field. Candidates are selected based upon extraordinary service to the association and not for those services normally required of association members or for other significant acts bringing favorable credit to the association or its members.

The IAATI Award of Merit

The IAATI Award of Merit was created in 1992 to honor a person, group, department or company for outstanding contribution in the area of vehicle theft investigation or prevention.

IAATI Presidents Award

This award was created in 1985. It is intended for the President of IAATI to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI.

IAATI Directors Award

This award was created in 1985. It is intended to honor any members who have distinguished themselves by giving extraordinary service to IAATI.

The IAATI Insurance Investigator of the Year Award

This award was created in 2014 in order to recognize and honor insurance professional (individual or group) for his or her outstanding contribution in the area of vehicle theft investigation or insurance fraud investigation.

IAATI Heavy Equipment Award

This award was created in 2009 and is intended to honor any person possessing the qualifications of an active member of (IAATI), although membership is not a prerequisite, who has in some way distinguished themselves in the field of off-road (farm and construction) equipment investigation / recovery. It is not intended that it be awarded to anyone other than actual field investigators or first line supervisors of field investigators.

IAATI Component Parts Markings Award

This award was re-established in 2011. It is intended to honor any person or unit possessing the qualifications of an active member of IAATI, although membership is not a prerequisite, who has in some way distinguished themselves in vehicle theft investigations where VIN labels or micro-dot technology played a significant part of the success of the investigation. The winner or unit representative will be given the opportunity to give a presentation on the award winning case.

NICB Award of Excellence

This award was created in 2005 as a joint venture between the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (IAATI). It is intended to recognize any law enforcement person(s), unit or department, who has distinguished themselves in area of vehicle theft investigations, making a significant impact involving dismantlement and prosecution of a vehicle theft ring or chop shop.

IAATI/Lo-Jack Award

This award was created in 1993 as a joint venture between the LoJack Corporation and IAATI. The award intention was to honor law enforcement officers whose efforts, in conjunction with the use of any electronic tracking device, make the most significant impact on the recovery(s) of stolen vehicle(s). The award was discontinued after the 2005 Seminar, Beginning in 2006; the LoJack/IAATI Award will be switched from one award at the International level to several awards at the branch/chapter level. The award will be given out at regional seminars as of May 2006.

AGC/IAATI Award

This award was created as a joint venture between the Association of General Contractors of America and IAATI. It is intended to honor any person possessing the qualifications of an active member of the Association although membership is not a prerequisite, who has in some way distinguished themselves in the field of off-road (farm and construction) equipment investigation/recovery. It is not intended to be awarded to anyone other than actual field investigators or first-line supervisors of field investigators. After the 2008 award announcement, continuation of the award was discontinued due to lack of funding from the Association of General Contractor’s.

3M Vehicle Theft Investigators Award

This award was created in 1988 as a joint venture between the 3M Company and IAATI. The award intention was to honor any person or unit possessing the qualifications of an active member of IAATI who had in some way distinguished his or herself in a vehicle theft investigation where a component label played a significant part in the success of their investigation. Subsequent to the 2003 award announcement, continuation of the award was discontinued due to the Federal government’s lack of enforcement of their own standards for component parts marking and reprioritization of 3M’s resources.

A.T. Phillips Award

This award is co-sponsored by the State Farm Insurance Company and is intended to honor any individual or an entire investigative unit of any insurance carrier provided the individual or unit members are full-time employees of the carrier. The award shall be made in recognition of outstanding efforts resulting in the apprehension and/or detection of those individuals responsible for auto theft related criminal acts against the insurance company. The Award was discontinued in 2014.