Claremore Daily Progress

December 4, 2013

Dunlap named county investigator of the year

Salesha Wilken
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Investigator Tommy Dunlap was named the Rogers County Law Enforcement Association’s 2013 Investigator of the Year.

Dunlap has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years and currently serves as an investigator for the District 12 District Attorneys Office.

Although the award was unexpected, Dunlap said he feels honored to be recognized by his peers.

Starting his career as a  Rogers County Sheriff’s Deputy, Dunlap has worked for several agencies, including the Claremore Police Department.

This year, he was honored for his role in a major drug bust in March at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.

The bust was conducted by multiple agencies, including Catoosa Police Department, DEA, FBI, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee Nation Marshalls and DAs Office.

Nine people were arrested during the course of a 15-hour investigation, according to Dunlap.

The investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 2.5 pounds of crystal meth, one convertible automobile, $18,000 cash, and $8,000 in diamonds.

The cooperative efforts during the event lead to the arrest of one of Tulsa’s most wanted criminals, several federal indictments and the arrest of one man tied to two murder cases, according to Dunlap.

The drugs were tied back to the source, which consequently ended up being a drug cartel, Dunlap said.

“Twenty years ago, I would not have thought I would be investigating a case tied to a major drug cartel,” Dunlap said.

There were other cases in 2012, which contributed to Dunlap’s nomination.

However, Dunlap said the drug bust at the Hard Rock Casino provided law enforcement with extremely useful information.

Dunlap said last year he also worked with Oklahoma, Cleveland and Potawatamie counties through Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the District 12 Drug Task Force operations.

Dunlap has spent his career working to protect the people of Rogers County.

“When I started I wanted to help people. I am part of five generations born and raised in this county. I want to help to keep it safe for our community,” Dunlap said.

Mentored by Roy Dowden and with a mother who worked as a dispatcher for almost every local agency, Dunlap’s ties to law enforcement started at a young age.

“I grew up around law enforcement. Even as a young kid I remember helping Amos Ward campaign for sheriff,” Dunlap said. “I was always around those guys and knew the direction I was heading.”

Dunlap believes he was called to the field because of his desire to help people.

Cooperation is key for Dunlap and he works directly with local agencies and he is an active board member of the Association of Oklahoma Narcotic Enforcers since 2006.