Branches and Chapters

IAATI currently comprises of six Branches covering - Europe, UK, Southern Africa, Asia, Latin America and Australasia - along with four North American Chapters covering both the USA and Canada. Our Executive Office is in Maryland.

North Central Regional Chapter

Responding to requests for Auto Theft training beyond his jurisdictional boundaries, Illinois State Police Captain Clyde Oliver petitioned the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and was granted a Charter on January 1, 1972 to form the North Central Regional Chapter. Currently the NCRC draws its membership from the Mid-Western United States and the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

  • Dennis Doherty

North East Regional Chapter

The NE-IAATI was formed and received its charter from IAATI in 1972. The founding charter members in their wisdom saw the present and future need of an organization which would serve those persons involved in the field of vehicle theft investigation in the northeastern USA and the eastern part of Canada.

  • Kim Horman

South East Regional Chapter

The Southeast Chapter includes the entire area of the States of Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

  • Sheri Taynor

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 along with the U.S. States of California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah.

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.

  • Dennis Frias
  • 702-583-4985

Australasian Branch

The Australasian Branch of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators (I.A.A.T.I.) was formed in Australia in 1994. We have members throughout every State of Australia and New Zealand. Membership is made up of representatives from police services (investigators, analysts, and forensic staff), insurers, private investigators, vehicle registration authorities, vehicle manufacturers and others with a legitimate interest in vehicle theft investigation, prevention and education.

  • Warren Stevenson
  • (+61) 0488 326 030

European Branch

Dear IAATI members,

IAATI has had an European Branch for more than 35 years, which was registered in Belgium. According to the latest IAATI membership files, this Branch had 227 registered International IAATI members.

As you know the IAATI-European Branch was discontinued in November 2021, which means that now IAATI has no Branch in Europe.

Because of that IAATI International started a survey “How to stay by IAATI” in January 2022. The feedback was very positive. Although the survey date has not expired yet, already 60% of the former European IAATI members have indicated that they want to continue their IAATI membership and that they want to contribute to set up a new IAATI Branch in Europe. You are one of those members and, although there is no European IAATI Branch for the moment, you are still an IAATI International member.

Because of the positive result of the survey a working group has been set up with the aim of the restart of an IAATI Branch in Europe in 2022.

Currently this working group consists of the following persons: Ron Vermeulen (private), Jari Tiainen (Law Enforcement), Renato Schipani (Law Enforcement) and Hans Kooijman (private). Where necessary this working group will contact members for assistance.

The working group made a roadmap with actions for 2022. This roadmap is attached. For the members the kick-off will start May 11, 2022 with a Zoom-training webinar. During this 2-hour webinar there will be two 35 minutes training sessions and information from the working group about the developments of the set-up of the new IAATI Branch in Europe.

More detailed information will follow as soon as possible.
A seminar is scheduled for Q4-2022. Details of the seminar, like the venue, dates and seminar fee are not yet known. We have some ideas about the venue, program and speakers but you may have ideas as well and if so, please send your idea(‘s) to Hans Kooijman.

Very soon some members will receive an email in which they will be asked to assist with the organization of the seminar. (Find the venue, the right dates, set the seminar fee, find good speakers, and so on).

We hope a complete board can be presented to you during that seminar. Of course, it’s up to the attending members to accept or not accept that board suggestion by voting.

At the moment we don’t have an IAATI Europe website. However, there is much information available on the IAATI International Website – WWW.IAATI.ORG.

On that website there is a possibility to put information and articles on the European page, which we will do. We strongly advise you to visit the IAATI website regularly. If you have something to put on that website, contact Hans Kooijman.
For the moment this is the information we can share with you.
We want to keep everything orderly and that’s why we kindly ask you that.

If you have any questions, ideas, comments or remarks please only contact Hans Kooijman. You can reach Hans by email: or by phone: +31653210071. Hans will collect, archive and share all you send and share that information with the working group.
We will regularly keep you posted.

Best Regards,

Ron Vermeulen
Jari Tiainen
Renato Schipani
Hans Kooijman

United Kingdom Branch

The United Kingdom Branch of IAATI was formed and received its charter in 2001. The founding members saw an excellent opportunity to serve the needs of their region and those people engaged in the prevention and detection of vehicle crime. The United Kingdom Branch includes the countries of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • Chris Elliott
  • +44 (0)7806771950

Southern African Branch

The Southern African Branch of IAATI was established August 22, 1991, but it’s charter was suspended in 1996 as a result of the phasing out of the vehicle crime investigation environment.  In 2007, the Branch was revived and it has been growing in numbers steadily since then.  The Branch now consists of members from Cameroon, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

  • Marthinus Odendal

Latin American Branch

The Latin American Branch of IAATI received its charter on August 23, 2012 at IAATI’s 60th Annual Seminar in Kansas City, MO USA.  A delegation from South America saw the need for the organization of the Branch to combat Auto Theft, Insurance Fraud and its kindred crimes, but also to bring together the countries of Latin America to further this goal.

  • Ana Laura Brizuela