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.

Sattler Award Winner, Detective Chad Duckson from Coon Rapid PD in Coon Rapids, MN

Sattler Award Winner, Detective Chad Duckson from Coon Rapid PD in Coon Rapids, MN