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Otis F. Cowart, Jr. , Captain

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 NSYP 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:

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Senior Investigator - New York Drug Enforcement Task Force (NYDETF) (6/11 to 4/14)
  • Senior Investigator – Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) (2/99 to 6/11)
  • 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+) 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:

  • Crisis Negotiations
  • 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

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

1987 – 2014 New York State Police -Trooper, Investigator/Senior Investigator
1986 – 1987 United Nations Security Detail
1982 – 1986 United States Air Force – Security Police

EDUCATION:

Associates Degree – Criminal Justice, SUNY Empire
National Drug Enforcement Officers Academy – Quantico, VA
John F. Kennedy High, Bronx NY