Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa Honors Five Area Law Enforcement Officers

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa Honors Five Area Law Enforcement Officers

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The Exchange Club of Tuscaloosa held its annual luncheon Thursday to recognize law enforcement officers chosen by their departments as Officer of the Year.

The event was held at Indian Hills Country Club.

Officers honored Thursday include:

-- University of Alabama Police Investigator Micah Rodgers, who investigated a case in 2014 that included dozens of UA students who fell prey to an identity theft scheme. The suspect targeted 68 students in a phishing scam and stole information from 47.

Rodgers learned that the students' school finances had been diverted to Green Dot credit card accounts. He worked with different agencies in different jurisdictions and prevented the loss of all but $1,000 of nearly $10,000 stolen.

"Due to Investigator Rodgers' meticulous, methodical and persistent efforts, federal charges were brought against the suspect, the students' accounts were fully restored, and the University of Alabama further strengthened IT security to prevent similar future user vulnerabilities," Chief Steve Tucker wrote in a letter nominating Rodgers.

-- Tuscaloosa Police Officer Edgar Hall, who has implemented several community-oriented programs in the Alberta area.

Hall started Coffee with a Cop events and the East Tuscaloosa Health Fair. He is the outreach officer for Arcadia Elementary School and a board member of the Tuscaloosa County Autism Board.

"In addition to all the community service Officer Hall provides, he also performs his patrol functions and duties," Chief Steve Anderson wrote in the nomination letter. "There is no doubt he performs at a much higher level than any other officer when it comes to taking on extracurricular duties."

-- Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Baker, a member of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force who conducted an investigation into the sale of synthetic marijuana in the area.

Baker used a confidential informant to purchase the substance from a suspect and worked his way up through 10 suspects to reach a major supplier. …

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