Policing students to get award named for slain Ohio officer

NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — An award named for an Ohio police officer who was fatally shot is being introduced by his alma mater as its latest police academy students graduate.

Central Ohio Technical College says two of those students will receive the Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service at the graduation ceremony Tuesday on the Newark campus. The financial prize is at least $1,000.

The school says Cottrell’s mother created the award to honor her son, who graduated from the program in 2002.

The 34-year-old Danville officer was found shot in January after a woman warned police that her ex-boyfriend was “looking to kill a cop.” That suspect, Herschel Jones III, has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in the potential death penalty case.