Patrick L. Cote has over 30 years of law enforcement and emergency management experience. He was a full-time criminal justice instructor for Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, North Carolina, for three years. He was also a licensed private investigator in the State of North Carolina, and has ten years of experience teaching part-time at Tunxis Community College in Farmington, Connecticut, at Central Arizona Community College in Coolidge, Arizona, and at Aims Community College in Fort Lupton, Colorado.
Patrick was in law enforcement for 30 years, the last 11 as police chief in Florence, Arizona, and in Somersworth, New Hampshire. He began his career in Bristol, Connecticut, and rose through the ranks to attain the rank of captain. He was with the Bristol department for eighteen years. Most recently, Patrick served as the director of public safety for more than two years in Fort Lupton, Colorado, before retiring in 1999.
Patrick holds a Master's of Science degree in criminal justice management from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut; a Bachelor's of Science degree in criminal justice administration from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut; and an Associate's of Science degree in criminal justice from Tunxis Community College, Farmington, Connecticut.