St. Patrick's Day Weekend

State College Police patrolling Downtown take a break to grab some food on Friday, March 16, 2018.

State College Police Detective John Aston has been named the 2018 Centre County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

District Attorney Bernie Cantorna presented Aston with the award on Tuesday, according to a release from the Borough of State College. Aston shares the title with State Trooper Jeffrey Ebeck, who has been with the State Police for 17 years.

Aston has worked in the State College Police Department for 24 years, and has been a detective for 16. He is an expert in cellphone forensics and has assisted federal, state and local agencies in downloading and analyzing information obtained from cellphones, according to the release.

His analyses were used in multiple important cases that went to trial in Centre County last year, including a murder case.

Each year, the District Attorney's office accepts nominations from the public, law enforcement and government agencies for the award. Recipients are chosen based on the "commitment and hard work" of the officers, according to the release.

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