President’s Message

       2021/2022 SCRC/TAVTI President Larry Swinford
                    Smith County Sheriff’s Office

Greetings TAVTI/SCRC Members and Family,

Hello everyone. I am Larry W. Swinford and I would like to thank each and every one of you for electing me as the President of TAVTI/SCRC.  I am looking forward to serving this great association for the upcoming year.

A little about myself, I have been employed by the Smith County Sheriff Office for the last 34 years, assigned to the East Texas Auto Theft Task Force since February 2002, attended my first conference that same year and became a member of TAVTI/SCRC.   Since that time, I have served as Regional Director and served in each position on the board before being selected as president at this past Conference held in San Marcos, Texas at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center.

I would like to congratulate the outgoing President Brian Johns for a job well done this past year, as well as Randy Andrews our past Executive Director who resigned after serving 14 years in that position.  Thanks again to these two people for a job well done.

Also I would like to thank the new executive board and look forward to serving with each of you this upcoming year in the fight against Motor Vehicle Crimes.

As you know we just completed our Annual Training Conference at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas.   The Conference was a great success, which in part is because of our membership A.K.A. You.  During our Annual Conference Business Meeting it was brought up about TAVTI/SCRC concerns with the issues and concerns with IAATI.   These issues have affected our relationship with National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  An IAATI Committee had been appointed earlier in the year to investigate and follow up with these concerns.  Due to the Randy Andrews resignation as Executive Director and Tommy Wooley being appointed as Executive Director he is no longer serving on the IAATI Committee.  Wooley was replaced by Brian Johns as Chairman of the IAATI Committee.   I look forward to the IAATI Committee’s findings and outcome to be able to present to the membership.

Also, it is that time of year to start meeting with your local and state leaders in your areas to let them know who you are and what you do as an Auto Theft Investigator. This will help keep the grants funded as they are now, but also to get the monies that are collected and the promised allotted monies back to the MVCPA. 

I would also like to encourage all of you to get involved in some way, and continue to actively recruit new members for TAVTI.

Thanks again for the opportunity to serve as President of TAVTI/SCRC.

Larry W. Swinford
TAVTI/SCRC President
Smith County Sheriff Office/ East Texas Auto Theft Task Force
903-752-0475