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Dallas Twp. Officer Receives Prestigious Award

October 3, 2018

Dallas Twp. Officer Receives Prestigious Award

DALLAS TWP. — Officer Robert Odgers’ 10-year-old son ran up to his dad and gave him a big hug Tuesday night at the township supervisors meeting.

Odgers had just been presented with an award from the American Police Hall of Fame for his investigative work.

The 34-year-old officer was lauded for tracking down the drug dealer who sold heroin and fentanyl to a township woman who died in February. The person was charged with drug delivery resulting in death, the first such arrest in country history.

“Though his hard work, I know it was hard work because he was tracking down all these drug addicts, which I found out it’s almost impossible to get a hold of them. But he went out and found them,” Dallas Twp. police Chief Douglas Higgins said before presenting Odgers with a certificate and pin.

Higgins nominated Odgers for the excellence in criminal investigations award.

Odgers has been a Dallas Twp. police officer for 12 years.

Last year, he was assigned full time to the Luzerne County Drug Task Force.

Finding the person who sold drugs leading to a fatal overdose is hard because your best witness is dead, Odgers said.

“You have to back track and follow an leads you get,” Odgers said.

Odgers noted the suspect in this case didn’t admit to selling the drugs, so he had to find additional witnesses.

“We had to prove it,” he said.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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