The dozen stolen cars that California Highway Patrol Officers Todd Wise and Kevin Scord recovered last year weren't just sitting empty on the side of the road.
They were "rolling stolens"--a term used by police to describe a stolen car still occupied by suspected car thieves.
For repeatedly braving a dangerous situation to recover six stolen vehicles each, Wise and Scord were honored with the 10851 (police jargon for stolen vehicle) Award on Wednesday.
The award recognizes individual officers representing all police agencies in California who help recover the 315,500 vehicles that are stolen annually throughout the state.
Sponsored by the Automobile Club of Southern California, officers must qualify using at least one of three criteria over 12 months: