Cote Honored With American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award


Officer Cote, center, at the awards ceremony with (left to right) Commander Dan Lynch, Commander Marc Claycomb, Chief David Gillespie, and Commander Heath Sanders.

photo courtesy of the city of melbourne

The American Legion Department of Florida recognized Melbourne Police Officer Christopher Cote as its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in the state of Florida last week during its annual conference in Orlando. Officer Cote is now eligible for the organization’s National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.

The American Legion was founded after WWI and is today the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization. The Law Enforcement of the Year Award program seeks to recognize well-rounded law enforcement officers who have exceeded, above and beyond, the duty requirements expected of their positions and have demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement.

Officer Cote earned the Melbourne Police Department’s Officer of the Year Award for 2016 in recognition of his exceptional service. His swift action, exceptional skills and dedication to duty resulted in lives saved and dangerous criminals being apprehended in 2016. 

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