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Officer Cotard


Officer Ensley Cotard is a fifteen-year veteran at the Canton Police Department and joined the force officially in July 2008. Officer Cotard is currently assigned to the Department’s Family Services Unit serving as the School Resource Officer at Canton High School and has been doing so since September of 2015.  Officer Cotard received his academy training at the Plymouth Police Academy (Reserve/Intermittent March 2008 - June 2008) and the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Academy (September 2008 – February 2009).   Officer Cotard has completed a number of specialized training courses and carries several Certification with the Massachusetts Police Training Counsel, and several with a concentration and specified training in the field of juvenile criminal investigations and juvenile policing including:


  • Juvenile Law and Conference Training (MJPOA, 2015 -Present)
  • Active Shooter/Armed Intruder Training (ALICE, MPTC, CPD, 2015-Present)
  • Breaking and Entering Evidence Recovery (Massachusetts Police Institute, 2017)
  • School Resource Officer Basic Course (NASRO, 2018)
  • MA Certified Sexual Assault Investigator (Municipal Police Training Committee, 2018)
  • Crisis Intervention Team (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2018)
  • Police Assisted Addiction Recovery Initiative (PAARI, 2019)
  • Digital Investigations from A to Z (Municipal Police Institute, 2019)
  • Adolescent Mental Health – (NASRO, 2022)
  • Diversity Training - Understanding Cultural Norms (Hanrahan Consulting 2023)

While serving as the School Resource Officer Ofc. Cotard has been involved in and conducted numerous investigations including cybercrime, bullying, larcenies, home surveillance, narcotics investigations, K-9 narcotics searches, assaults, sexual assaults, juvenile neglect, and juvenile abuse.  During the course of his career, he has also performed and assisted in several criminal investigations outside of his juvenile work including but not limited to, burglaries, property crimes, search warrant execution, and sexual assault investigations.  In addition to the formal law enforcement training he has completed, Ofc. Cotard is a proud product of the Canton Public Schools System (Class 2003 Go Bulldogs!) and a graduate of Bridgewater State College, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.