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Otis F. Cowart Jr.
Captain Cowart Biography
Captain Otis F. Cowart, Jr. serves as the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Program Integrity Officer. Capt. Cowart is the Commanding Officer of the Professional Standards and Compliance Unit. The Professional Standards and Compliance Unit is responsible for all sworn member background checks, internal investigations deemed appropriate by the Sheriff, unit inspections and CALEA/DCJS Accreditation. Captain Cowart was appointed by Sheriff Carl E. DuBois on May 10, 2014.
Otis F. Cowart, Jr. is a twenty-seven year veteran of the New York State Police (NYSP). He is a veteran of the United States Air Force; honorably discharged in May 1986. After faithfully serving his country, Capt. Cowart joined the NYSP in March of 1987. He retired with the rank of Senior Investigator in April 2014.
Captain Cowart brings the following skills and expertise to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office:
Senior Investigator - New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF)
Senior Investigator – Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET)
Supervise staff of Federal DEA Agents, NYC Detectives and NYSP Investigators assigned to Federal Task Force.
Senior Administrative and Field Supervisor for the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Supervise office of twenty plus (20 plus) Sheriff and State Police Task Force members and support staff
Responsible for oversight of all administrative duties, fleet, evidence, operation plans and results.
Field Supervisor for undercover narcotics investigations
Responsible for all Electronic Surveillance investigations for State and Federal Title III wire taps while assigned to the Mid-Hudson Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Certifications / Special Courses / Accomplishments
Critical Incident Training
Superintendent Leadership Seminar
Specialized NARCO Enforcement
NYSP SWAT Entry Training
DEA HIDTA Advanced Training
Domestic Violence Training
Firearms Training Certified
Hate/Bias Crimes Awareness
Hazards of Indoor Marijuana Grows
Search Warrant Confidential Informant Training
Sexual Harassment / Cultural Diversity Training
NYSP Supervisor Training – Basic Leadership
NYSP Basic Training
1987 – 2014 New York State Police -Trooper, Investigator/Senior Investigator
1986 – 1987 United Nations Security Detail
1982 – 1986 United States Air Force – Security Police
Associates Degree – Criminal Justice, SUNY Empire
National Drug Enforcement Officers Academy – Quantico, VA
John F. Kennedy High, Bronx NY
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