COTC to honor fallen Danville police officer Thomas Cottrell


Announcement will be made during Alumni Law Enforcement event on campus

Staff report



Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., will make a special announcement on April 21 about plans to honor fallen Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. The announcement will occur during a COTC law enforcement alumni event on COTC’s 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 law enforcement community is a very tight knit group, and the loss of any officer hits the community hard,” said COTC Institute for Public Services and Safety Director Kevin Reardon. “However, since Cottrell was a COTC graduate, that makes the impact huge on our campus and for our alumni.”

A group of COTC law enforcement alumni will be returning to campus to speak to students as part of a panel discussion called The Reality of Law Enforcement: Risk and Reward. The event allows 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 will talk about the dangers of a law enforcement career along with the rewards of serving others. Seven COTC law enforcement graduates will participate in the panel discussion:

* Mark J. Weiner

Director of Victim Services

Licking County Sheriff’s Office

Criminal Justice Technology, 1992

* Ptl. Rene Joris

Patrol Officer

Fredericktown Police Department

Basic Police Academy, 2015

* Sheriff Randy Thorp

Licking County Sheriff

Licking County Sheriff’s Office

Criminal Justice Technology, 2000

* Officer Jarrod Conley

Detective

Newark Division of Police

Law Enforcement Technology, 1999

* Whitney Babbert

Probation Officer

Licking County Court of Common Pleas – Adult Court Services

Human Services Social Services, 2009

* Officer David Burris

K-9 Unit

Newark Division of Police

Law Enforcement Technology, 2005

* Officer Jillyan Will

Patrol Officer

New Albany Police Department

Basic Police Academy, 2015

The panel discussion will occur April 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall located in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The program will include time for student questions. Both COTC and The Ohio State University at Newark students are welcome to attend.

The program is co-sponsored by: COTC Alumni Council, COTC Institute for Public Services and Safety, and the COTC and Ohio State Newark Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning Services. For more information contact the Office of Career Development at 740.366.9453.

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Announcement will be made during Alumni Law Enforcement event on campus

Staff report

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