The Cornell University Police Department on Tuesday evening announced the death of Scott Hamilton, a 36-year veteran of the department who retired last year as Senior Investigator. Hamilton also served as a patrol officer with the Dryden Police Department.
Retired senior investigator Scott Hamilton of CUPD died on Monday afternoon."Despite the efforts of modern medicine, and the thoughts and prayers and well wishes of many, Scott's great big heart stopped on Monday afternoon," the department said in a statement. Hamilton was being treated at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.
In addition to being one of CUPD's primary criminal investigators for years, Hamilton had come to specialize in alcohol awareness and the effects of alcohol use and abuse on situations that may require police intervention. He was a guest speaker for nearly thirty years in Cornell University's noted Introduction to Wines course in the School of Hotel Administration, talking about the dangers of excess drinking and helping to illustrate how even moderate drinkers can become impaired without realizing it.
While serving as a police officer, Hamilton pursued and earned a degree in criminal justice from Tompkins Cortland Community College. He was a recipient of the Frank Hammer Officer of the Month Award presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ithaca to Tompkins County law enforcement officers.