Education and Experience


1985      Master of Science - Criminal Justice Management
University of New Haven, West Haven 

1981      Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Administration
Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut

1976      Associate in Science - Police Science and Administration
Tunxis Community College, Farmington, Connecticut

License: Licensed as a Private Investigator by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. License #1560783, Bonded & Insured

Professional Experience:

2007- Present      Private Investigator & Owner, Cote Investigations &
Associates, LLC

Responsibilities include: Investigation and consultation of criminal and civil cases, expert witness testimony, use of force complaints, Law Enforcement Policy Analysis, interviewing witnesses, recovering evidence, case preparation for court or administrative hearings, police department policy analysis, reconstruction of series of events, accident investigation, and finding missing persons. Provide specialize defense work for major crimes including homicides. Provide specialized training for companies and organizations. Website:
Completed policy assessment and recommendations in Property and Evidence for a local police department. Consult with Wiley Publishing for course development in emergency management. Recognized as subject matter expert. Completed course development in Technology in Emergency Management for DeVry University.

2003-Present      Instructor, Course Developer for University of Phoenix Online
Responsibilities include: Taught approximately 150 courses in the undergraduate and graduate program in criminal justice administration. Approved to teach all of the courses in the criminal justice administration in the undergraduate program. Approved to teach most of the graduate courses in the masters degree program, Administration of Justice and Security. Taught Online, FlexNet, Directed Study and Ground classes in Metairie, Louisiana, Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Assisted in course development as a subject matter expert including: The Administrative Process, Court Process, Security and the Principles of Investigation for the security program. Recognized as subject matter expert.

2003-2005          Director of Public Services, Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana
Responsibilities include: Coordinator of the Criminal Justice program. Developed a 33 credit hour certificate program in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Developed online courses in criminal justice. Instructed courses in Criminal Justice. Responsible for non-credit courses in Public Services including offering a 40 hour Private Investigation Preparatory Course.

2000-2003          Instructor, Central Carolina Community College, Sanford,
North Carolina

Responsibilities include: Instructed courses in criminal justice. Involved in the Huskins program making college courses available to high school students. Responsible for advising students in career paths. Involved in the Central Carolina Foundation. Coordinated an online auction for student scholarships.

2000 - 2003         Private Investigator, PLC Private Investigations, Sanford, North Carolina
Responsibilities include: Licensed and insured as a private investigator. Conducted investigations of all types - civil and criminal.

1997 - 1999         Director of Public Safety, Fort Lupton Police Department,
City of Fort Lupton, Colorado

Responsibilities include: The coordination and direction of all activities of the police department, the protection and safety of the community and emergency management. Developed Policy and Procedures for the department. Established Community Policing programs, Involved in DARE, GREAT and TRIAD.

1995-1997          Chief of Police, Florence Police Department, Florence, Arizona
Responsibility include: The direction and control of all activities of the police department, the safety and protection of the community and emergency management. Developed policy and procedures for the department. Developed community policing programs. Participated in the TRIAD, a partnership between the police, sheriff's office and seniors.

1988-1995           Chief of Police, Somersworth Police Department Somersworth, New Hampshire
Responsibilities include: The coordination and direction of all activities of the police department, the safety and protection of the community and emergency management. Developed Community Policing programs. Established a basic 911 system. Promoted the DARE program.

1970-1988           Bristol Police Department, Bristol, Connecticut
Responsibilities include: The command of the Support Services Bureau as Captain from 1985-1988. Responsible for Internal Affairs/Citizen Complaints. As Lieutenant-command of Training, Planning, Traffic and Shift Commander. Also, Commander of the Detective Division. As Sergeant in charge of a squad of police officers. As detective responsible for criminal investigations.

Additional Training:

Instruction in executive development at:

  • New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Municipal Police Training Council, Connecticut Police Academy, Meriden, Connecticut
  • New Hampshire Police Standards and Training, Concord, N.H.
  • AZ Police Officer Standards and Training, Phoenix, AZ
  • CO Police Officer Standards and Training, Denver, CO