Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award

Nominations Deadline: May 01, 2018

All nominations should be sent to: Executive Director PO Box 223, Clinton, NY 13323-0223 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Award Recipients

Year
Name or Group
1984
Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award
Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award

Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award Plaque

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.

2016
Chris McDonold

The Raymond W. Dreher Award was created in 1984 as IAATI’s most prestigious award and is presented in memory of the late Lt. Ray Dreher of the Missouri Highway Patrol and IAATI’s 16th President. While not necessarily a yearly award, this is given as recognition for IAATI’s most active and dedicated members who have distinguished themselves by service to the Association. It is only awarded to those giving of themselves far and above what is expected and required of membership. There are no other requirements for the award, except hard work and dedication to IAATI.

At the 2016 Annual Seminar in Murfreesboro, Executive Director John Abounader (last year’s recipient of the award) presented Christopher McDonold, with the award. Chris is currently the Executive Director of the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council. He was initially appointed Deputy Director as of July 2nd, 2012. After serving 24 years, he retired on June 30th, 2012 from the Baltimore County Police Department in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Chris joined IAATI in 1995, and served in many positions, ultimately serving as President in 2010 - 2011. Chris is also a past president of the SERC and is currently their Treasurer. He is also a board member of the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program (NSVRP). 

The expertise Chris has developed is sought after by many organizations and committees, such as the Vehicle Component Part Label Committee, a federal committee formed to investigate the necessity of vehicle manufacturers including component part labels when manufacturing vehicles. Chris is also the chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Vehicle Crimes Committee and a member of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Advisory Board. This board’s purpose is to provide input and recommendations to the Office of Justice Programs regarding the operations and administration of NMVTIS. Chris is the current chair of the NMVTIS Law Enforcement Working Group and is assisting the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) with the developing training programs for vehicle theft related programs. Chris was a recipient of the 2012 International Associations of Chiefs of Police Individual Vehicle Theft of Merit Award.

Chris served as the Chair of the IAATI Strategic Plan Committee which took long hours and two years to complete. The recommendations of this committee will be used as a reference
by future executive boards. 

As the Editor of Auto Theft Today, he produces and interesting and viable electronic companion to our hard copy APB magazine. He has served in this position for over 2 years. Chris also served as Master of Ceremonies at the recent Asian Auto Theft Summit in Bangkok, Thailand sponsored in by INTERPOL and IAATI. 


To sum it up in a few words “Chris is dedicated to IAATI, and has dedicated his time for the last 21 years to IAATI”. Chris is truly worthy of IAATI’s most prestigious award. Congratulations
from the award committee.

2015
John Abounader

John Abounader has been a member of IAATI since 1992 and since that time served in the NERC becoming a Director in 1994, the Executive Director from 1996 to 2000, and as President in 2006. While John was busy fulfilling his duties in his home chapter, he was also busy with IAATI. John has been IAATI’s Executive Director since 2001. He has either been the chair or a member of just about every committee within IAATI, and he exemplifies the meaning of getting involved. John has led IAATI into many innovative areas during his time as Executive Director. His goal is to project a professional, business-like front office for IAATI. He never fails to meet a deadline date or complete an action to the benefit of the board and IAATI as a whole.

In his real life, John is a Senior Investigator with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Division of Field Investigations Auto theft Unit for the State of New York. John has worked in the department for 35 years. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Sheriff in the Oneida County (NY) Sheriff’s Department for 1 ½ years, and a patrolman with the Village of New Hartford (NY) Police Department for 3 years.

2014
Robert Hasbrouck, Port Authority of NY/NJ Police

For his outstanding contribution and dedication to IAATI, Past President Robert Hasbrouck (center) receiving the Raymond W. Dreher Award from President Peter Perrien (left) and Past President Tommy Hansen (right).

2013
Barry Hancock, B R International, LTD

President John O’Byrne (L) and Past President Chris McDonold (R) presenting European Branch President Barry Hancock (C) with IAATI’s Raymond H. Dreher Award

2012
Dennis Roske, Minnesota State Patrol (Ret’d)

IAATI’s Dreher Award is traditionally given to those 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 normally required of association members or for other significant acts bringing favorable credit to the association of its members.”

This award was named in honor of Raymond Dreher (President 1971- 1972), a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The award began in 1984 and has only been given at 16 of the 28 conferences since the award was established.

This year’s committee was comprised of Tommy Hansen (Chair & Past President), Ken MacKenzie (Past President), James Holmes (long-time member and Enews Editor), Charlie Banks (long-time member) and Gene Rutledge (Past President). All committee members were past recipients of the Dreher Award.

This year’s winner, Denny Roske, has been one of our most long-time and active members. He has gone far and above what is expected of any member of a volunteer organization.

His police career spanned over 30 years with the Minnesota State Patrol and he was involved in auto theft investigation for over 20 years. Most importantly he has been a member of IAATI for four decades.

Denny was elected President in 1999. He has served and chaired numerous committees over the years and has always been an outspoken member of the Executive Board. He served on the South Africa oversight committee in the 90’s. He also served on the European and UK oversight committees. He served on the committee that was instrumental in re-instating our South Africa Branch in 2007-08. He assisted with several key ethics investigations throughout the years. He has always brought his outspoken but rational mind to his work in IAATI along with a wealth of knowledge and has always been highly professional in his tasks and responsibilities. He has also chaired the Award of Merit committee for over 7 years and has compiled the Training Section on page 3 of the APB for the last 12 years.

 

 Denny Roske (left) receiving the Raymond Dreher Award from Tommy Hansen (right), Committtee Chair and Past President.

2011
Tommy Hansen, Galveston County (TX) Sheriff’s Dept.

Left - IAATI Past President Denny Roske presenting the Raymond H. Dreher Memorial Award to recipient Tommy Hansen (right)

The Raymond W. Dreher Award, created in 1984, is presented in memory of the late Lt. Ray Dreher of the Missouri Highway Patrol, and IAATI’s 16th President. While not necessarily a yearly award, this is given as recognition for IAATI’s most active and dedicated members who have distinguished themselves by service to the Association. It is only awarded to those giving of themselves far and above what is expected and required of membership. There are no other requirements for the award, except hard work and dedication to IAATI.

This year’s recipient is Tommy Hansen, a Lt. with the Galveston Co., Texas Sheriff’s Offi ce. He has been with the sheriff’s offi ce since 1973. Tommy has been a member of IAATI since 1981, and served as our President during the 2006 – 2007 year. He has either been the chair or a member of just about every committee within IAATI, and has exemplifi ed the meaning of “getting involved”.

Tommy is also very active in his home state of Texas, where he is heavily involved with the Texas Auto Vehicle Theft Investigators and the Texas Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority. He was instrumental in the formulation of the recently adopted National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which has become a mainstay for anyone involved in the investigation of vehicle theft or fraud. Tommy has also instructed motor vehicle theft classes in various parts of the country for many years.

Tommy is not just involved with vehicle theft causes. He is involved with the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston and the Children’s Advocacy Center in Galveston. But, his real love is “Beat the Heat” an international law enforcement youth education program. With this organization, Tommy drives a race car for the Tropical Impression Racing Team on 1/4 mile drag strips throughout the country.

Most recently Tommy has been the chair of the Site Selection Committee for our annual Seminar. He has been a key in formulating and bringing the 2012 Seminar to the Kansas City area. Tommy spent a lot of his own personal time on this Seminar project. His dedication to IAATI, the painstaking efforts he has put forth in all he has attempted, makes him a proud member of this Association and deserving of this award. The Dreher Award Committee thanks Tommy Hansen for his service and dedication, and congratulates him on being the recipient of this award.

2010
Sgt. James D. Holmes, Metro-Transit Police, Washington D.C

Jim Holmes (left) receiving the Dreher Award from Charlie Banks

The Raymond W. Dreher Award is given in recognition of extraordinary services to IAATI and is presented in memory of the late Lt. Ray Dreher of the Missouri Highway Patrol, IAATI’s 16th President. 

Jim Holmes of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Police joined IAATI in 1979. Over the years, Jim has distinguished himself by his hard work and dedication.
He served on the IAATI Executive Board several times and is Past President of SERC. He has received numerous awards including the IAATI 3M Award, the IAATI Directors’ Award as well as from numerous other organizations. Indeed, at the Orlando seminar, he also won SERC’s Life-Time Achievement Award.

Jim is a self-starter and does much work on his own time as his department does not have an auto theft unit. His yearly vacations are planned around at least one vehicle manufacturing plant visit so that he may increase his knowledge and be a better instructor. His expertise includes secondary points of identification on some vehicles, points that are often not available to others. 

Jim was instrumental in the passage of the Federal Motor Vehicle Theft Act of 1984 which requires manufacturers to place component part labels on major parts.

In 2003, Jim started the IAATI E-News in which he gathers, correlates and publishes information to investigators. It is a
time-consuming and often thankless job. 

Jim has traveled far and long, again mostly at his own expense and has taught thousands of people involved in vehicle theft investigation. Jim Holmes epitomizes what this award stands for. Jim, the Dreher Award Committee extends its thanks and appreciation for your dedication.

2009
Philip J. Crepeau, NYPD (Ret’d), CARCO Group, LOJACK Corp.

2004
Tony Simms, Scotland Yard, London England

2002
Tracie Mortenson, 3M Corporation

2002
C.C. Benson, NATB, Dallas, TX (IAATI Founding Father)

2002
Glen McLaughlin, Texas DPS (IAATI Founding Father)

2002
John F. Daniel, Dallas, TX PD (IAATI Founding Father)

1999
Daniel Ryan, FBI

1998
William Borman, NYPD & Avis - Retired

1994
Clarence Brickey, MD State Police Retired

1994
Harry Brady Sr, NYPD - Retired

1993
Lee & Pat Ballard, Ford Motor Company

1993
Ziggy Zablocki, Broward Co. Fl Sheriff’s Department

1992
Willem Smith, Lt. Col. South African Police

1992
Sgt. Brian Wood, Thames Valley Police, England

1990
Joan Pitts, Hertz Corporation

1989
Kenneth MacKenzie, Richardson, TX Police Department

1988
A. T. Phillips, State Farm Insurance

1987
Thomas Horrigan, Washington D.C Metro Police

1987
Charlie Banks Ft. Lauderdale FL Police Department

1985
W. E. Rutledge, California Highway Patrol
1984
Ronald Van Raalte, Arlington Heights, IL Police Department