Fallen WSU officer Rose to be awarded master’s degree

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

Fallen Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin James Rose will be awarded a master’s degree during graduation ceremonies on Dec. 10, and a $25,000 endowed scholarship will be set up in his name, following approval by the Board of Governors on Friday.

The honors come three days after WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt posthumously promoted Rose to sergeant and head of the canine unit, and bestowed him with the highest distinction, a valor of honor.

The scholarship was seeded with funds from President M. Roy Wilson’s fund, but WSU spokesman Matt Lockwood said others can make contributions.

Rose, a WSU police officer since 2011, was shot in the head on Nov. 22 while investigating a series of theft reports near Lincoln and Brainard in Detroit. He died the next day from his injuries at the age of 29.

Gary Pollard, who is board chair, read a citation of honor Friday from the board that commended Rose, who was killed in the line of duty, for his exceptionally valorous service.

“He was a patient and highly skilled dog trainer who developed the department’s canine unit to incorporate new capabilities,” Pollard said. “Outside agencies such as the Secret Service and FBI frequently sought out his abilities as a canine officer. Rose worked hard to get to know his community and build bridges with them during a time in the nation when police-community relations were often strained.”

Pollard added that the Board of Governors was proud to commend Rose in recognition of his heroism, hard work, and selflessness.

“He serves as an inspiring example for the entire campus community of how valor and civil service can help build great communities,” Pollard said. “And his legacy as a hero will not be forgotten.”

Rose was working toward a master’s degree in dispute resolution, according to Wilson. He was one credit shy of graduation.

More than a thousand officers from Michigan and beyond gathered Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores for Rose’s funeral.