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Most people in the Fulton community know
Andre Cook
of the Fulton Police Department.
Since joining the department 15 years ago,
Cook has worked in patrol, undercover on
the MUSTANG Drug Task Force, as patrol
supervisor, sergeant, shift commander,
and currently as chief of detectives.
Recently, Cook added graduate of WWU
to his list of accomplishments.
Cook was born in Carmel, Calif., the son
of a career military officer. With frequent
moves, he attended schools across the country
before settling in Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
In 1983, Cook graduated from Waynesville
High School and began his education at
Central Missouri State University.
“I really wasn’t focused on school –
probably a little immature to be on my
own for the first time … and I wasn’t
very successful.”
After a couple years at CMSU, Cook left
and found work in a Jefferson City
manufacturing plant for 10 years.
“I made lots of money – and hated to go to
work. Every single day,” he said. “Every hour
of vacation I earned, I took. And I realized
that money wasn’t everything, and happiness
was better.”
It was then that Cook followed his lifelong
dream and enrolled in the Police Academy at
the University of Missouri Law Enforcement
Training Institute.
He started his law enforcement career
with the Capitol Police in Jefferson City
before moving to the Holts Summit Police
Department, where he worked for five years
and obtained the rank of sergeant.
Since joining the Fulton Police Department
in 1997, Cook has become an active member
of the community.
He has served on the YMCA Board of
Directors, as secretary for the Fraternal
Order of Police Lodge #44, as secretary
and treasurer of Callaway County Ducks
Unlimited, and is president-elect of the
Fulton Rotary Club.
He also has been a teacher in the Fulton
Public Schools DARE Program for 10 years
and an adjunct instructor with the Missouri
Sheriff’s Training Academy and the
University of Missouri Law Enforcement
Training Institute.
Cook went back to school in 2009 to
earn his Bachelor of Science degree in
business management, with a concentration
in human resources.
He graduated summa cum laude with a
4.0 GPA this spring.
“I’m not getting any younger, and I may
not be able to be a police officer forever, so
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I wanted something to help me post-police
officer if that were to come," he explained.
“I liked the fact that the faculty, most
of whom were adjunct, had real-world
experience, and we weren’t just learning
theory from a textbook,” he said. “They
explained how the subject matter applied to
what they did in their jobs and how we could
use it in our jobs.”
He added, “I learned a lot about myself,
as well as the lessons that were taught. The
thing that was most rewarding was to see a
coworker be inspired to continue their
education at The Woods after seeing how
the experience was changing my life.”
Since graduation, Cook has been accepted
into the WWU Graduate College, where he
plans to earn his Master of Business
Administration degree.
“I’m looking to refine the skills that I
learned in the bachelor’s program and to make
myself a better all-around candidate for any
possible position in the future,” he said. “The
academic world isn’t out of the realm of
possibilities. That’s something I have
interest in. I teach at two police academies in
law enforcement, so I’m comfortable teaching.
I like doing that, so the academic world might
not be too far out of reach.”
Sandra Coffman, Donna Buffington, and Andre Cook suggest a new
Starbucks service during the presentation of their Strategic Business Profile.
BSM students research Starbucks,
suggest new service for coffee company
By Ilana Archuleta ’13