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COTC Announces Plans to Honor Fallen Danville Police Officer

April 22, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Officer Thomas Cottrell

NEWARKCentral Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., announced plans to honor fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell yesterday morning. The announcement was made right before the start of a COTC law enforcement alumni event on the Newark campus. Cottrell was a 2002 graduate of COTC's Basic Police Academy. He was killed in the line of duty while working in Danville in January.

"The Cottrell family is interested in providing an award in honor of their son at each of COTC's Basic Police Academy (BPA) graduations going into perpetuity," said Coe. "That award will be a minimum of $1,000."

The Cottrell family award will be given out three times a year. The recipient will be selected for each COTC BPA graduation by faculty and will be based on many factors including, but not limited to, academic success and overall leadership and character. The award will be a minimum of $1000 and is to be used to help the graduating cadet with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement. COTC plans to make the first award in December 2016.

COTC President Bonnie Coe Announces Cottrell Award

(Image provided by COTC)

Coe also announced plans to have a permanent memorial on the Newark Campus to honor all COTC Public Safety and Service Alumni who are killed in the line of duty.

After the announcement, a group of COTC law enforcement alumni spoke to students as part of a panel discussion called The Reality of Law Enforcement: Risk and Reward. The event allowed students to learn from and network with graduates who are already out working in the law enforcement community. With the death of Officer Cottrell as the backdrop, the panel discussed the dangers of a law enforcement career along with the rewards of serving others.

Central Ohio Technical College's Institute for Public Services and Safety offers basic police officer training. The program is designed to prepare students to meet the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council, and successful graduates are recommended to take the state certification examination.

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