At the recent IAATI European 2017 Training Conference held in Prague, IAATI (the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators) awarded this year’s Annual Achievement Award for a lifetime’s dedication to the job.

The award, usually presented to recognise a particular operation or job, was this time in recognition of a long career of commitment and dedication to the advancement of knowledge in the field of vehicle identification and was presented to Nick Mayell.

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Nick was there alongside conference Gold Sponsors Datatag to provide a demonstration of the techniques he teaches forces around the world. Focusing on how to recognise a false VIN number in heavy plant this workshop was well received by attendees.

IAATI Global President JD Hough said, ‘Nick has been personally responsible for the recovery of tens of millions of pounds worth of stolen plant and is without doubt the most experienced plant investigator and examiner in the world.’

Nick teaches courses on behalf of Datatag ID Ltd in Plant and Agricultural Machinery Theft, Identification of Stolen Vehicles and Forensic VIN Recovery as part of his job as Police Liaison Manager and over the years has seen thousands of officers from forces around the globe. Nick also teaches INTERPOL and is one of only a handful of civilians qualified to do so.

Nick, after recovering from the surprise presentation said, ‘It’s a huge honour to be presented this award and I’m very grateful for the Associations recognition of what I do. I really get a lot of satisfaction in knowing that officers who attend my courses leave better equipped to catch criminals than when they arrived.’

Kevin Howells, MD at Datatag said, ‘Nick’s work in this field is paramount in the fight against criminals and we are very proud to have him on board as one of our team. We continue to support him in developing his specialised training so he may continue to pass on this knowledge to forces around the world’