Executive Director, Frederick W. Zumbo joined the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority in September 2014, after his retirement from the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a Captain following 29 years of service. Director Zumbo has worked the majority of his law enforcement career in criminal investigations, with assignments ranging from detective up to commanding street gang, intelligence and illegal immigration units. He has served as Executive Officer for the Assistant Director of the DPS Criminal Investigations Division and was a consultant for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s book, Scorpions for Breakfast, where he was quoted in several passages relating to border security.
Director Zumbo is a subject matter expert in the area of criminal street gangs and southwestern border related violence and is in demand for national media appearances and training conferences. He’s also a regular contributor for National Public Radio (NPR) to discuss drug cartels and street gangs. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree, with a Government Administration specialization from Wayland Baptist University and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Director Zumbo is originally from Connecticut and is a big fan of ice hockey, both as a spectator and player. He also has a passion for animal welfare and volunteers at a local shelter, working with larger breed dogs.
Director Zumbo’s vision is to advance the Agency’s strategic plan and programs aimed at reduction, prosecution and prevention of auto theft across Arizona. The AATA staff members, along with the AZ. Auto Theft Task Force, insurance industry and numerous stakeholders are building solid partnerships and utilizing trend analysis to stay on the cutting edge of our industry.
Director Zumbo reports the Arizona 2015 IAATI Seminar Committee is hard at work planning dynamic, relevant auto theft training for member chapters across the world. The AATA is pleased to be co-hosting the 63rd Annual IAATI Training Seminar in conjunction with AATIA and WRC Chapters in Phoenix, Arizona August 9-14, 2015 at the landmark Arizona Biltmore Resort. He recognizes the importance of participation and support of IAATI, a truly international organization focused on addressing the world-wide problem of vehicle theft and associated crimes.