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As part of the Champlain/ Vermont Police Academy program, two graduating seniors are given the opportunity to win two awards, The Director's Award and the Eugene Gaiotti Award. In 2012, Champlain student Keith Cote received both awards. Since the creation of the awards, Officer Cote is the only cadet to ever receive both.
Director's Award—Presented to the member of the graduating class who demonstrates extremely high levels of the ten core values as determined by the training staff, particularly leadership, professionalism, discipline and teamwork. The winner of the Director's Award is the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his or her Basic Class. Their selection reflects great credit upon themselves, their Department, and the Vermont police community in general. The winner of the Director's Award for the 94th Basic Class was Officer Keith Cote of the St. Albans Police Department. Officer Cote received a $500.00 gift certificate from the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Eugene Gaiotti Award — Presented to the member of the graduating class in memory of Inspector Gene Gaiotti of the Vermont Department of Liquor Control who was killed while on duty in 1989 after serving over 28 years in Vermont law enforcement. The Gaiotti Award is significant because the recipient is selected by his or her classmates, as opposed to members of the training staff. The winner of the Gaiotti Award was selected by the class based on his or her levels of honesty, loyalty, motivation and teamwork. The winner of the Eugene Gaiotti Award for the 94th Basic Class was Officer Keith Cote of St. Albans Police Department. Officer Cote received a $500.00 gift certificate from the Vermont Police Association in recognition of his achievement.