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DELPHOS - Investigator Benjamin Becker of the Delphos Police Department has been named 2012 Officer of the Year by Delphos Police Chief Kyle Fittro. It is the second time Becker has been so honored, having been chosen also in 2010.

"If it were not for Becker's unrelenting efforts over the past few years, Delphos would be a different city, for the worse. Becker personifies what it means to engage in proactive policing for the betterment of the community he serves," Fittro declared.

Becker joined the department as an auxiliary officer in 2002, then transitioned to full time in 2005. Four years later he was assigned to the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force as a narcotics investigator. Since that time, Becker has spearheaded drug many investigations to help combat the drug problem and all the associated crimes like theft, burglary and domestic violence.

In 2010 Becker's investigative work resulted in the arrest of 22 people on 67 felony drug-related charges and four drug houses raided. Last year his work caused the arrest of 21 people on 59 drug-related charges and 12 drug house raids.

"These types of drug cases are incredibly time consuming and labor intensive," Fittro continued. "Becker made many personal sacrifices in order to accomplish these tasks. [Today] Investigator Becker is continuously striving to keep the pressure on individuals who elect to sell drugs within the City of Delphos."