The last day of a challenging, career is a momentous event.  And on Wednesday, the last call for Captain Mike Cobb of the Richland Police Department was documented on video.

Captain Cobb has retired after a 38-year career with the Richland Police Department.

Cobb is a 1976 Kamiakin High School graduate and went onto Eastern Washington University.

He was an educator at Cheney High School and Kennewick's Park Middle School, before joining the Kennewick Police Department in 1982, as a reserve.  Soon after, Cobb was hired by the City of Richland.  In 1988 Cobb was named the Richland Police Department Officer of the Year.

Since then, Cobb went on to become a member of the SWAT Team in 1985  and also worked with K-9 Atom until 1993.

Mike Cobb

He's accomplished so much in his many years with the Richland Police Department.

As his skills and additional professional development continued to grow, so did his care of the community. In 2000, he completed and passed the exam as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. Mike's wealth of experience includes overseeing every division in the Department (including serving as Interim Police Chief for six months in 2011) and serving the community both near and far in crisis and disaster response, and mental health support. Response efforts include active shooter attacks in U.S. schools, the Alaskan Airlines Flight 261 Disaster, the 911 World Trade Center Attack, and the Oso Mudslide Disaster. Mike spent 32 years as a member of the Tri City Regional SWAT team. He was an instructor for 12 years for the Washington State Tactical Officers Association (WSTOA) Basic and Advanced SWAT courses. For 10 years he served on the WSTOA Executive Board, the last four as President.

What an outstanding career! Thank you for your service. I am proud to live in the Richland community.

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