Detective Jason B. Apgar of the Emmaus Police Department has been named Police Officer of the Year by the Lehigh County Chiefs of Police Association and the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.`
Apgar was recommended for the honor by Emmaus Police Chief David Faust, who said his borough is "fortunate to have Jason.”
"During his career, Detective Apgar has held himself to the highest standards of professionalism in law enforcement and has maintained those standards in his private life," said Faust in a news release.
"He consistently receives superior ratings in the police department’s annual performance evaluations.
Faust continued: “Jason truly is a team player who is passionate about everything he does. He possesses the personal and professional skills and the character that law enforcement leaders look for in quality police officers and investigators.”
Apgar accepted the award at the Lehigh County Chief’s of Police annual awards ceremony Tuesday at DeSales University in Upper Saucon Township.
He has been an Emmaus police officer for 13 years.
Faust said Apgar is a seasoned officer and an exceptional investigator and leader who resolved many serious crimes in the last several years.
Most recently, according to Faust, Apgar conducted a lengthy elder abuse investigation that led to the indictment of three individuals who victimized 90-year-old Queen E. Hersh.
A large sum of money and two homes were stolen from the woman, who has died. Just a few weeks ago, a jury convicted all three individuals involved.
Apgar also was instrumental in the arrests of three armed men who robbed the KNBT Bank in downtown Emmaus on Dec. 30, 2011, according to Faust.
The fleeing suspects fired at least 10 shots at Emmaus Patrol Officer William Bryfogle. At the jury trial, Apgar was qualified as an expert witness in forensic cellular phone examination.
Apgar has played a key role or been the lead investigator in several Emmaus homicide cases. One led to the conviction of Joel Carl of first-degree murder.
Apgar assists the Lehigh County Information Technology Department and other surrounding law enforcement agencies with troubleshooting network, computer and data technology issues.
He is an active member of the Pennsylvania State Police Southeast Computer Crimes Task Force and soon will complete his master’s degree in computer information technology and forensic technology at DeSales.
Since the death of Officer David M. Petzold of the Upper Saucon Township Police Department, Apgar also has been active with the David M. Petzhold Memorial Foundation.
He helps to organize an annual memorial golf tournament and maintains close contact with the Petzold family.
Apgar helped to develop and operate the David M. Petzold Digital Forensic Laboratory on the campus of DeSales University and commits on- and off-duty time to the lab.