GREENWICH, Conn. -- Lt. Richard S. Cochran announed his retirement from the Greenwich police force after 35 years of service.
Cochran, a Dr. John A. Clarke Award winner, was sworn in as Greenwich Police Officer in 1981 and graduated from the 161st Connecticut Municipal Police Training Council’s Basic Police Academy.
Cochran was promoted through the ranks and held positions within several of the department’s specialty units to include the Special Response Team (SRU), K-9 Officer, Police Instructor and Honor Guard. He has received numerous departmental commendations for excellent police work and actions exemplifying the best traditions of police service.
As a K-9 Officer, Cochran is one of the most highly decorated K9 teams in the history of Connecticut Law Enforcement. Cochran and his partner were recognized as a National Hero K-9 Team and traveled to Georgia to receive the award.
Upon promotion to the supervisory ranks, Cochran was a significant contributor to the creation and implementation of some of the departments’ most important victims programs.
“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," Chief James Heavey said in a statement. "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.”
Upon his retirement Lt. Cochran was appointed to the position of Special Police Officer.