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 2018 IAATI Insurance Investigator Award_How to nominate brochure at https://www.iaati.org/awards/insurance2018

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.