What does a police officer do?
Investigate at an accident scene, calm tensions during a domestic dispute, patrol the streets. These tasks and dozens more make up a day in the life of a Clayton police officer.
Their training brings a commitment to keeping the town’s citizens safe, their dedication provides service to the community and their work ethic keeps them coming back to work each day not knowing what the shift will hold.
It’s those qualities that have earned Officer Owen P. Phillips the Officer of the Year Award from the Clayton Police Department.
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A Clayton native and Clayton High School graduate, Phillips has served the department for more than 5 years. He’s been a patrol officer and traffic officer and now serves on the Community Action Team, where he encourages community involvement in crime prevention. He works with crime-prevention groups and makes presentations in schools, businesses and neighborhoods. Phillips said citizen input and involvement are crucial to identifying problems and finding solutions.
Philips spent five years in the U.S. Army while stationed in Washington State and Georgia. He returned to Johnston County to complete basic law enforcement training at Johnston Community College. After graduation, he served three years with the Smithfield Police Department before joining the Clayton Police Department. While in Clayton, Phillips has obtained his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate and his associate’s degree.
Each year, the Clayton Police Department selects an Officer of the Year from among every sworn officer on the department. Criteria include superior service to the community, exceptional work ethic and dedication to the profession.
The Officer of the Year will represent the department at various law enforcement and community events throughout 2015.