A Westerville Police officer received “Top Cop” recognition from the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office in a recent case against a police officer.
Cpl. Greg LeValley was recognized this week with the award for work in a recent case. A letter of appreciation to Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer resulted in the honor, the Prosecutor’s Office said.
“I would like to express my deep appreciation for the exemplary work Detective LeValley has done,” wrote Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt, who contributed to the letter. “What is even more remarkable is this can be said about an investigator that had, no doubt, an awkward job of investigating a fellow law enforcement officer.”
Oswalt served as a special prosecutor in the case.
“If on occasion he asked why I might want something done, it was done in a tone indicating his desire to know so he could better focus investigative steps, not as a form of complaint,” he wrote. “When he completed the requested task, he intuitively knew what additional steps should be done. Thus it was clear he was goal-directed, not merely task-directed. To any prosecutor, that is an invaluable asset in an investigator.”
The defendant in this case surrendered his peace officer’s certificate and pleaded guilty to identity fraud and attempted forgery.
LeValley received a complimentary dinner for two at Cracker Barrel, the sponsor of “Top Cop.”
The Top Cop award is given by the Prosecutor’s Office throughout the year to law enforcement involved in Delaware County cases.