COTC Honors Autumn 2018 Peace Officer Basic Training Graduates

NEWARK, Ohio, Nov. 27, 2018 — Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) held a graduation ceremony on Nov. 20, 2018, at the Newark campus to honor graduates of the peace officer basic training (POBT) program and name the Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service recipient. 

The following students graduated from BAS Class #18-030 under Commander Jeff Sowards. Students are grouped by hometown.

Bladensburg: Logan Dodd    
Croton: Randall Fox    
Granville: Stephen Burch    
Newark: George Clark, Clark Kreager, Cory Hosom and Jacob Stemm
Howard: William Duston    
Sugar Grove: James Greeno    
Thornville: Arlie Mills, III    
Utica: Kaylee Walker    

Autumn 2018 Cottrell Winner.jpgWilliam Duston received the Officer Cottrell Award. A native of Howard, a town just five miles from Danville where Cottrell served on the police department, Duston was purposeful in his pursuit of the Cottrell Award while in the academy. 

"I'm honored," he said. "I knew the officers Officer Cottrell served with. Being from that community, it means a little bit more."

Cottrell was a 2002 graduate of COTC's basic police academy. He was killed in the line of duty in January 2016. The Cottrell Award is presented by the Cottrell family at each graduation ceremony. It is the highest honor a cadet can receive. 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 POBT prepares students to meet the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Graduates are recommended to take the state certification examination to become a peace officer in Ohio. Graduates' scores on the state certification exam ranked second in the state among open enrollment academies and fifth overall according to a 2016 report by the Ohio Attorney General's Office. Graduates also earn 22.5 credits toward an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology. For more information, visit

Pictured L-R: William Duston, Cottrell Award recipient; Meslissa Osborn, mother of Officer Thomas Cottrell; Courtney Cottrell and Brooklyn Cottrell, daughters of Officer Cottrell; COTC President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D.

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. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.