Dama Cooper graduated from Atchison High School in Atchison, Kansas. After graduation he attended Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1960 and was honorably discharged in 1965. He married Glenda Sue Mitchell in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1982.
He started his career in law enforcement as a police officer in Warrensburg, Missouri and went on to work for the Kansas City Police Department until his retirement.
Through a generous estate endowment, the Dama Cooper Police Academy Scholarship was created and provided to the Central Missouri Police Academy from the Dama and Glenda Sue Cooper Trust. This scholarship provides for a limited number of scholarships ranging from $250 to $1000 for each Academy class session. Scholarships are awarded to eligible Academy cadets/students with a financial need and an interest in pursuing a law enforcement career in the local Missouri area.
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