GREENWICH, Conn. – Lt. Richard Cochran has retired from the Greenwich Police Department.
A Dr. John A. Clarke Award winner, Cochran completed 35 years of service with the Greenwich Police Department. He was sworn in as officer in 1981 and graduated from the 161st Connecticut Municipal Police Training Council’s Basic Police Academy.
Cochran was promoted through the ranks and had positions within several of the department’s specialty units, including the Special Response Team, K-9 officer, police instructor and honor guard. He received numerous departmental commendations for excellent police work and actions exemplifying the best traditions of police service, ranging from administrative awards to true acts of heroism. He was the Greenwich Police Departments first K-9 officer. As a K-9 officer, he is part of one of the most highly decorated K9 teams in the history of Connecticut Law Enforcement. They were recognized as a National Hero K-9 Team.
Upon promotion to the supervisory ranks, Cochran was a significant contributor to the creation and implementation of some of the department’s most important victims programs. He invested his time and energy into the creation of the department's domestic violence unit and crisis intervention teams.
He has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club as their honor guard commander for many years. He also has organized and participated in the annual Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and the "Ride for Roger to End ALS."
“Rick has proven himself time and time again to be a highly successful supervisor dedicated to caring and helping our community. Rick has been a regular participant in many charity events around town,” said Greenwich Chief of Police James Heavey. “Rick’s dedication to the fight against ALS in Roger Petrone’s memory is humbling. Rick’s absolute drive to excel in everything he does always places him at the front of the pack. I am very proud to have served with Rick, and I hope he can slow down a bit and enjoy the next stage of his life. I wish him the best of luck."