In the words of Mayor Brian Treece, "..you've chosen January 10th as your retirement date; and as we stand here and recognize and congratulate Officer Corey Bowden, we also remember Officer Molly Bowden."
Today was a very special day as we both honored the memory of Officer Molly Bowden who was mortally wounded on this date 13 years ago, and celebrated the retirement of her husband Officer Corey Bowden. "I did want to put a positive spin on this day," said Officer C. Bowden.
On October 20, 1997, Officer Bowden began his career with CPD. Over the last 20+ years, he has served in several different capacities making an impact in each position. In 2000 he was selected to become a patrol rifle and less lethal operator. After only about 4 years with the department in 2001 he was chosen to be the Department’s Bomb Technician. Although this position was quite dangerous and the training and re-certifications were challenging Officer Bowden describes this assignment as one of his favorites. He went on to serve as a Field Training Officer and a School Resource Officer for John B. Lange Middle where he served for three years. In 2008, Officer Bowden became a detective in the Criminal Investigations Division where he was involved in many different types of cases. He finished the last four years of his career as a School Resource Officer for Muriel Battle High School where he has been instrumental in helping the department create and maintain relationships between CPD, the students, and the staff.
"Most people in most professions would have turned away and some would have turned angry, but you turned to your department and to your brothers and sisters for strength and support and in so doing you made everyone around you stronger," said Mayor Treece
We can't thank you enough, Officer Bowden. You will truly be missed at the department. Thank you for your service and commitment to this community for 20+ years and congratulations on your retirement!