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H.E.A.T. Celebrates Individuals And Organizations Committed To The Fight Against Auto Theft

LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  H.E.A.T. (Help Eliminate Auto Thefts) celebrated its 28th anniversary today with a breakfast and awards ceremony at Comerica Park. Andrew Arena, executive director of the Detroit Crime Commission, delivered the event's keynote address before an audience of more than 200 individuals comprised of law enforcement personnel, government officials and representatives from the insurance industry. 

"The H.E.A.T. program wouldn't be as successful in fighting auto theft without the dedication and teamwork of our hardworking partners," said Terri Miller, executive director of H.E.A.T. "Today is about celebrating our partners in law enforcement and the insurance industry, who work tirelessly to fight auto theft-related crime and insurance fraud to help keep our neighborhoods and families across Michigan safe. Thank you for all that you do!"

Arena also thanked attendees for their efforts and emphasized the importance of H.E.A.T.'s partners working as a team in the fight against auto theft. In addition, he spoke to the crowd about the need to fight unconventional auto theft-related crime, including insurance fraud, as this type of crime is on the rise in Michigan.

Several awards were presented at the event, including the prestigious William V. Liddane Award, the H.E.A.T. Investigator of the Year Award, and the Director's Award. Given annually, the Liddane Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies and demonstrates a strong commitment and effort to reducing auto theft-related crimes in Michigan, as Liddane did throughout his career. Liddane pursued alliances between law enforcement, business leaders and the community to fight rising insurance costs and auto theft-related crimes in Michigan, setting the foundation for H.E.A.T. and what the program is today.

The H.E.A.T. Investigator of the Year Award honors law enforcement and others for their tenacity and hard work in auto theft investigation, arrest, recovery and prevention. The Director's Award, selected by Executive Director Terri Miller, celebrates an outstanding individual dedicated to reducing auto theft. This year's award recipients included:

  • Margaret Scott

  • Detroit Police Department – Conspiracy and Metro Insurance Fraud Squads
    • Sgt. Vernal Newson
    • Sgt. Jonathan Parnell
    • Sgt. Robert Wellman
    • Det. Frank Lenz
    • PO Dana Russell
    • PO Clive Stewart
    • PO Shawn Schmelter
    • PO Christopher Staton
    • PO Rohit Joshi
    • PO Ken Leonard
    • PO Rico Hardy
    • PO Alfredo Jimenez
    • PO John Berryman
    • PO Jon Metiva
    • PO Derek Owens
    • PO Steven Turner
    • ID Tech Keith Dawson

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