Riverside Police Department Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date November 15, 2005
Contact Sergeant Phil Neglia
Phone (951) 320-8022

Riverside Police Officers Recognized for Recovering Stolen Vehicles



Riverside, Ca- On Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at 6:00 PM, sixteen Riverside Police Officers will be recognized in the Riverside City Council Chambers for receiving the prestigious 10851 Award. The California Highway Patrol and the Automobile Club of Southern California established the award program and honor officers with outstanding community service in recovering stolen automobiles, and arresting those who steal them. These officers have been responsible for the recovery of 255 stolen vehicles, valued approximately at $1,744,580.

To qualify for the award officers must meet one of the three criteria within a twelve month period: make six separate in-custody arrests related to auto theft; recover twelve or more stolen vehicles, at least three of which are occupied by a suspect(s); or develop information which results in identifying an auto theft ring, the subsequent arrest of two or more suspects and the recovery of at least ten stolen vehicles.


Officer Kenneth Beebe 1st award
Officer Melissa Brazil 2nd award
Officer Chad Chinchilla 1st award
Officer Daniel Cisneros 2nd award
Officer Chad Collopy 1st and 2nd award
Officer Bryan Crawford 1st and 2nd award
Officer Michael Cupido 4th and 5th award
Officer Giovanni Ili 5th and 6th award
Officer Jeff Jones 1st award
Officer Matt Lewis 5th, 6th and 7th award
Officer Trinidad Lomeli 1st award
Officer Shea McMahon 1st award
Officer Aurelio Melendrez 1st, 2nd and 3rd award
Officer Vince Morris 3rd award
Officer Amy Munoz 1st award
Officer Laura Riso 1st award


Members of the media are welcome to attend the ceremony.