Friday, November 18, 2011

Farewell to Sergeant Larry Cohen

With a fond farewell and best wishes from the Overland Park Police Department, Sergeant Larry Cohen is retiring after 34 years with the Police Department. He started as a patrol officer in 1977 and patrolled the streets of Overland Park, Kansas for five years. His dedication to the city continued as crime prevention officer for eight years. In this position, Larry gave presentations to members of the community regarding safety, home security and business security, as well as child safety.

In 1991 Larry was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became the supervisor for the Crimes against Persons and Property Units in the Investigations Division. His commitment to public safety did not end there. Crime Prevention, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE), School Resource Officer and Community Oriented Policing units also benefited from his supervisory skills.

Larry pioneered a program to prevent new account fraud during the time when new account fraud was a major financial crime. He received the Police Department’s Public Safety Award for his innovative ideas. From 2001-2003 Larry co-managed the department’s $200,000 Underage Drinking Educational and Enforcement grant.

Larry has established a reputation for integrity, fairness and professionalism. Many members of the Department, as well as the city, will remember his sharp wit and humorous storytelling. Larry will always be known for his passionate support of MU but, more importantly, how he used this passion as a platform for encouraging young individuals to pursue higher education.

Sgt. Cohen, your smile and presence will be missed. Farewell and good luck in all you choose to do.