Beginning in 1989, SACCATS was the first task force coordinated by the CHP and focuses on vehicle theft activity in the Sacramento area. SACCATS is comprised of members from the CHP, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, Sacramento County Probation Department, and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.
In April 1998, SACCATS shifted its primary operational focus from the more traditional, long-term investigative approach involved in vehicle theft case development, to a new dynamic and proactive approach focusing on known vehicle thieves currently on probation or parole. This new operational focus was considered to be so successful at reducing the incidence of vehicle theft for calendar year 1998 that it has resulted in permanent changes to the SACCATS' mission.
In 1999, SACCATS' focused operations resulted in 302 arrests, 215 recovered vehicles (69 vin switches), 138 vehicle impounds, 117 stolen property items recovered, 608 searches conducted (446 probation; 101 parole; 6 search warrants; 55 consent), 76 business inspections, and 395 allied agency assists. The unit's success can be attributed to its powerful dynamics of mixing daily probation/parole targets with a combination of directed day/night patrol operations, joint allied agency operations, and high activity special events such as, Hot August Nights, the California State Fair, and its annual Holiday H.E.A.T. program which focuses on area shopping malls.