Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award

Portrait of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr.

The Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service is given out at each Peace Officer Basic Training graduation ceremony during the academic year. The selection of the recipients is based on many factors including, but not limited to, academic success and overall leadership and character.

The $1,000 award assists the recipient with equipment purchases and other expenses associated with beginning a career in law enforcement. 

The award is presented by the Cottrell family in memory of Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr., who was senselessly killed in the line of duty while working in the Knox County town of Danville in January 2016.

​It is the highest honor a COTC Peace Officer Basic Training​ cadet can receive.

If you would like to make a gift to the Officer Cottrell Memorial Fund please send a check or contact the Office of Advancement to discuss other options at 740.364.9514. Checks should be made payable to the COTC Cottrell Memorial Fund and mailed to: Office of Advancement, 1179 University Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055.

November 2022 – Graduation Class BAS #22-028

Justin Holmes

Justin Holmes holds his award certificate standing next to COTC President John Berry and faculty Jeff Sowards and Mark Prince.

May 2022 – Graduation Classes BAS 21-059 and BAS 22-004

Abner King (BAS 21-059) and Loni Ives-Stone (BAS 22-004)

Abner King and Loni Ives-Stone hold their award certificates standing next to Melissa Osborn.

June 2021 – Graduation BAS Class #20-045

Sara Pope

Sara is a security officer at Ohio Health, an Army veteran and is the first woman recipient. She graduated from the evening academy.

June 2021 – Graduation BAS Class #21-012

Austin Harlow

Austin is a Marine Corps veteran and was hired by the Heath Police Department while in the academy (accelerated).

May 2020 – Graduation BAS Class #19-058

Caleb Brown

November 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #19-029

Zachary Raaker

Zachary Raaker receives award

May 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #18-065 

Joshua Walker

Joshua Walker receives award

May 2019 - Graduation BAS Class #19-008

Austin Carpenter

Austin Carpenter receives award

Nov. 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #18-030​

William Duston

William Duston receives award

May 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #17-050

John Fridinger

May 2018 – Graduation BAS Class #18-050

Jeremy Justice II

Jeremy Justice II receives award

December 2017 – Graduation BAS Class #17-031

Wesley Jackson​

Wesley Jackson​ receives award

May 2017 – Graduation BAS Class #17-008

Timothy Smith

Timothy Smith receives award

December 2016 – Graduation BAS Class #16-034 and BAS Class #16-035

Aaron Hanson and Matthew Newlun

Aaron Hanson and Matthew Newlun receive awards