NEWARK, Ohio, April 21, 2016 – Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., announced plans to honor fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell this morning (Thursday). 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 a small town in Knox County 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.
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.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.