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.

For information on the judging criteria for this award and tips on how to apply please download the 2019 IAATI Insurance Investigator Award_How to nominate brochure at https://www.iaati.org/awards/insurance2019

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.

The Vehicle Crime Combating Award

• This award can be assigned to an individual or a team or unit for outstanding performance in combating vehicle crime
• The individual or person receiving the award on behalf of the award-winning team or unit can be a non-IAATI member
• Other than the trophy the award winner (including all members of the team/unit) will receive IAATI membership for a year and all expenses paid to the following IAATI SAB Annual Training Seminar

• For more information contact Adrie Blignaut adrie@zonke-uicode.co.za

The Director’s Award

• This award will be assigned to an IAATI member for rendering extraordinary service to the IAATI SAB
• More than one IAATI member per year can be assigned with this reward
• This award will also be referred to as the Colonel WC Smith IAATI SAB Memorial Award
• The award winner also receives a trophy

• For more information contact Adrie Blignaut adrie@zonke-uicode.co.za

The Investigator’s Award

• This award will be assigned to an individual for outstanding performance as a vehicle crime investigator
• The individual can also be a non-IAATI member
• Other than the trophy the award winner will receive IAATI membership for a year and all expenses paid to the following IAATI SAB Annual Training Seminar
• This award winner will also receive a sponsorship (which include training fees, travel, accommodation and daily allowance) to attend the next IAATI Annual International Training Seminar. This is a 50-50 sponsorship by IAATI SAB and Zonke-Unicode.                 

• For more information contact Adrie Blignaut adrie@zonke-uicode.co.za

THE ROGER D. OVERTON MEMORIAL AWARD

This award was established in 2001 in memory of Roger D. Overton, a long-standing member of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators who served as Secretary from 1976 through 1984 and President in 1990. Roger Overton started his career as a member of Royal Canadian Mounted Police and upon his retirement, joined the Canadian Automobile Theft Bureau as a special agent. Roger became an expert in the field of vehicle identification and testified as such in all levels of courts in Canada. He attained the position of Chief Special Agent, and retired in 1996. Roger, through his hard work and dedication to the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, was awarded a life membership when he left the position of Secretary. Not content to sit on the sidelines, Roger served as a Director for two terms and was elected Third Vice President in 1987. He continued through the Vice Presidential positions culminating with his election to the office of President in 1990. Roger remained an active member of the association until his death on May 9, 2001. This award is intended to serve as a continuing testimonial to his exceptional devotion to the chapter, its members, and his dedicated service as a vehicle theft investigator, especially in the area of motor vehicle identification. The recipient (s) shall be selected based on the nominee’s outstanding efforts and work in the field of auto theft investigation, and motor vehicle identification. Nominees for the award must be members of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Nominations for the award may come from any person, either a member or non-member, and must be directed to the chair of the awards committee or the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

THE GEORGE J. ACKER MEMORIAL AWARD

This award was established in 1999 in memory of George J. Acker a charter member of the Northeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators who served as President in 1973, the second year of the Chapter’s existence. George Acker was a member of the New York State Police retiring in 1988. He remained an active member of the association until his death on November 3, 1997. The 1999 Northeast Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Annual Training Seminar conducted in Saratoga Springs, New York was dedicated to George J. Acker. This award is intended to serve as a continual testimonial to his exceptional devotion to the chapter; its members, and his contributions to the field of vehicle theft and fraud investigation, especially in the area of motor vehicle records and documentation. The nominee(s) of this award shall be a current employee of a State, City, or Provincial Governmental Agency; including employees of a Motor Vehicle Department or Registry, within the area of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. The recipient (s) shall be selected for their outstanding efforts and work in the field of auto theft or fraud prevention, detection, or investigation, specifically in the area relating to documentation.

THE ANTHONY M. KANE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This award was established in 1986 and was originally known as the NE-IAATI Achievement Award. In 1994, its name was changed to the Anthony M. Kane Achievement Award in memory of Anthony M. Kane, a hard-working and well-loved member of the Northeast Chapter. After a long and distinguished career with the Philadelphia Police Department, Tony Kane joined the National Insurance Crime Bureau where he continued to serve the cause of vehicle theft and fraud investigation until his untimely death on September 10, 1994. In addition to being the Founder and President of the Pennsylvania Auto Crime Investigators Association and a Director of the Pennsylvania Anti-Car Theft Committee, Tony Kane also served as Director of Training for the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. The Anthony M. Kane Achievement Award is intended to serve as a continual testimony to his exceptional contribution to the field of vehicle theft and fraud investigation. The recipient shall be selected based on the nominee’s outstanding achievement in the field of vehicle theft or fraud investigation or prevention. Nominees for the award must be members of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Nominations for the award may come from any person, either a member or non-member, and must be directed to the Chair of the Awards Committee of the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

The JOHN J. SCARISBRICK, JR. MEMORIAL AWARD

his award was established in 1987 in memory of John J. Scarisbrick, Jr. Director of Security, Avis Rent-A-Car System, Inc. As Director of Security, Avis Rent-A-Car System, Inc., John was a Charter and Life Member of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. John served as Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Chapter for many years and was actively involved in all aspects of the Association until his untimely death on July 19, 1987. This award is intended to serve as a continual testimony to his exceptional devotion to the Chapter. Recipient selection shall be selected based on the nominee’s extraordinary service to the Chapter, over a period of time above and beyond what is normally expected of a member. Nominees for the award must be members of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Nominations for the award may come from any person, either a member or non-member, and must be directed to the chair of the Awards Committee or the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

NERC LOJACK AWARD

This award was created in 1993 as a joint venture between the LoJack Corporation and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, the Northeast Chapter’s parent organization. The award was intended to honor law enforcement officers whose efforts, in conjunction with the use of any electronic tracking device, made the most significant impact on the recovery (s) of stolen vehicle (s). After the award was presented in 2005, the single award concept with presentation at the annual seminar of the parent organization was replaced with several annual awards being presented at the annual seminar of IAATI’s Branches and Chapters. Effective May 2006, a LoJack-IAATI award will be awarded at the annual training seminar of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. The award was established to recognize any law enforcement officer 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). Nominees for the award must be a law enforcement officer and a member of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators. Nominations for the award may come from any person, either a member ot non-member, and must be directed to the chair of the awards committee of the Executive Director of the Northeast Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators.

Clyde Oliver Award

The Midwest Motor Vehicle Theft Conference was initiated in 1964 by Captain Clyde W. Oliver Jr., of the Illinois State Police.

Originally this conference was only for members of his unit, the Vehicle Identification Bureau of the Illinois State Police. However, as word got out about the educational value of the conference, other police agencies requested to attend. What started out as a small group of Illinois State Police Officers grew until it became too difficult for one agency to host the conference year after year.

With the encouragement and guidance of Captain Oliver, a group of officers petitioned the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, for permission to charter a chapter. In 1972 the North Central Regional Chapter of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators was born.

The Clyde W. Oliver Jr. Award was established in 1990 to honor the loyalty, leadership, perseverance, and dedication of our founding father. This award can be presented to any North Central Regional Chapter member who has given outstanding service, leadership, and dedication to the organization. Although the award is offered each year, it is not necessary to have a recipient.

Past recipients are:

  H. Lee Ballard, Ford Motor Company
  Linda Baumann, National Insurance Crime Bureau
  G. J. (Skip) Copeland, Marion County, IN., Sheriffs Department
  Glenn Ebersold
  Connie Golemba, AAA of Michigan
  Billy Hacker, Milwaukee Police Department
  Kenneth P. Hawcott, Iowa State Patrol
  Stan Lutz, Genesee Auto Theft Investigative Network
  Dennis Meyer, Illinois State Police
  Barb Rambo, National Insurance Crime Bureau
  Bryan Reed, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
  Steven Reid, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  George Schemenauer, Berrian County Sheriff’s Department
  Ken Schimnoski, Retired Michigan State Police, AAA of Michigan
  Michael Schlomas, Illinois State Police
  Paul Seiler, Chicago Police Department
  Peter Simet, Milwaukee Police Department
  Edward Skworch, National Auto Theft Bureau
  Lee Starr, Chicago Police Department
  Alan Theobald, Nebraska State Patrol
  Robert Vogt, AAA
  Glenn Wheeler, State Farm Insurance Company
  Cheryl Zofkie, National Insurance Crime Bureau

The chairman of the nominating committee is Steve Reid.

Nominations may be mailed to:

NCRC/IAATI, P.O. Box 375,Eden, Wisconsin 53019-0375

Entries may also be
emailed
.

Entries should be submitted before April 1st for that year.

Bob Sattler Award

In 1960, Robert Sattler, of the National Auto Theft Bureau, became the first primary instructor to the Illinois State Police, Vehicle Identification Unit. Robert’s close friend, Clyde Oliver arranged for and administered the seminar.

News of the seminar soon spread to other law enforcement agencies who requested the opportunity to attend. The numbers of requests for attendance soon became too large for one agency to accommodate. Other law enforcement agencies agreed to host the annual seminars. From this group, the Midwest Auto Theft Association was organized. Shortly thereafter, a petition to the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators gave birth to the North Central Regional Chapter.

The excellence in training first offered by Robert Sattler provides the basis for the North Central Regional Chapter seminars and prompted the creation of this award to memorialize the dedication and commitment of Robert Sattler.

Nominees for this award must have performed an investigation in a superior manner and the results must have had a significant impact on auto theft and/or related crimes. Nominees may be from law enforcement, the insurance industry, the National Insurance Crime Bureau, vehicle manufacturers or others who have the common interests of the North Central Regional Chapter as their guiding principals and must be a member(s) in the Chapter. Nominees may be an individual or a unit.

Past recipients of the Robert Sattler award are:

  The Sattler Family

  Det. Chris Omodt

  Det. Constable Tracy Dobbin

  Det. Sgt. James Coleman  

  F.B.I.

  Hennepin County Sheriff’s Dept.

  Inv. Gene True - Nebraska State Patrol

  Macomb County Auto Theft Squad, Michigan

  Margaret A. Scott

  Michigan State Police

  Oakland County Michigan - Prosecutor’s Office

  Ontario Provincial Police

  SA Andy Thomure - FBI

  SA Michael Sackett

  SA Jesse Stoker - ICE/Homeland Security

  SA Vern Foughty - NICB (retired)

  Sgt. Dave Merrill - Missouri Highway Patrol  

  Tri-County Auto Theft (IL)

  Western Wayne Auto Theft Unit, Michigan

Requests for consideration should be accompanied by supporting documentation and submitted no later than March 1 preceding the North Central Regional Chapter seminar.

LoJack Award

This award is to honor law enforcement officers whose efforts, in conjunction with the use of the LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery Network, made the most significant impact on the recovery(s) of stolen vehicle(s).

This award can be presented to an individual, unit, or department.

The recipient(s) of this award shall receive:

    Free registration at the Annual Training Seminar for a maximum of two people
    One complimentary hotel room for the length of the Annual Training Seminar
    A plaque or similar commemorative depicting the name of the award, the recipient’s name, date and location of presentment.

The committee considering this award must consist of at least one (1) member who is currently employed by the LoJack Corporation Law Enforcement Division.

The LoJack Corporation shall reimburse the North Central Regional Chapter for the amount of the fees for the hotel, and award. The Chapter Treasurer shall compile and submit all invoices for reimbursement.

This award will be presented at the Banquet of the Annual Training Seminar by a representative of LoJack Corporation.

The chairman of the nominating committee is Barb Rambo.

Past recipients of the LoJack award are:

  ACTION
  Action Task Force (MI)
  Chicago Police Department

TAVTI AWARD

To recognize a member or a group of members of TAVTI/SCRC for his/her/their devotion to the goals of the association and through this devotion has made an impact on our association in an outstanding way.

WORTH SEAMAN VEHICLE THEFT AWARD

To recognize an auto theft investigator or group of auto theft investigators, member or non-member, of TAVTI/SCRC, whether it be local, county or state who/which has excelled in the field of auto theft.  This investigator or group through his/her/their assignment has displayed a willingness to go above and beyond the objectives of the association.  This could include, but not limited to, the recognition and recovery of stolen vehicles, identifying and apprehending repeat vehicle theft offenders and through his /her/their actions shares a common interest in the vehicle theft problem.

C.C. BENSON AWARD

To recognize a person, or group of people, member or non-member of TAVTI/SCRC, such as a prosecutor or civilian, who through their actions has gone above and beyond their duties to assist in the reduction of the vehicle theft problem.

IAATI SCRC LOJACK AWARD

To recognize a law enforcement officer or a group of law enforcement officers, whose efforts in conjunction with the use of a LoJack tracking system, made a significant impact on the recovery of stolen vehicles.

HENRY CANALES TECHNOLOGY AWARD

To recognize a law enforcement officer or a group of law enforcement officers whose efforts in conjunction with the use of electronic and technological equipment has made a significant impact in the recovery of stolen vehicles.  The type of equipment may include but is not limited to license plate recognition systems, surveillance equipment, global positioning systems and other electronic equipment; however, it does not include the use of LoJack recovery systems.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

To recognize a long-time member of TAVTI/SCRC who, during their entire membership, has made contributions to the organization above and beyond what is expected, and whose actions have demonstrably improved the organization and the fight against vehicle crimes overall.

THE 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.