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SEVIERVILLE — Sevierville Police Lt. Rebecca Cowan was recognized this week for her efforts in Child Safety Protection Education, but her work in reaching out to the community goes far beyond that.

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office recognized Cowan this week as its child passenger safety instructor of the year, celebrating a career where she’s trained hundreds of technicians.

Cowan has been a child passenger safety technician since 2001, and she became a trainer in 2011.

Since then, she has trained more than 600 new CPS technicians from all across Tennessee to assist families while CPS education, training and support.

“Lt. Cowan’s passion for child passenger safety is unparalleled,” said SPD Chief Joseph Manning.

“Her commitment to doing everything she can to help keep child passengers safe is apparent each and every day. Our department and community are fortunate to have her as a law enforcement supervisor.”

That’s just one of many hats that Cowan wears with SPD and in the community.

She helps lead Rape Aggression Defense classes, and is a field training officer, crisis prevention instructor, and police bike officer instructor.

Cowan is the co-chair for Sevier County Relay for Life this year and is involved in Sevier County Elderwatch and SPD’s Kids Camp.

“She is just invaluable to us in terms of our community relationships,” said Deputy Chief Sam Hinson.

“She has such a heart for this community and in particular children and elders and vulnerable folks.”

Hinson said he’s helped Cowan on Christmas food drives before, going out to deliver meals to people who might ordinarily not get them, and he’s heard first-hand how much she means to the people she serves.

“When you deliver to these old folks they’re happy to see you but they’re disappointed it’s not Rebecca,” he said.


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