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Meet Nominee Officer Nathan Helvey

By September 17, 2018No Comments

When asked what the key to connecting with the commented looked like, he said, “being willing to give someone a smile or say hey, willing to be personable. To have a normal conversation. Just communicate.” Meet our next Officer Gregory Alia Award finalist, Officer Nathan Helvey with the Fort Mill Police Department.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a police officer,” Officer Helvey said. “I knew as a kid. Kids always talk about being a police officer and I took it to heart. It was something that always caught my attention.”

In his nomination, his coworker stated that “he has only been an officer for about a year, but he has made a significant impact in that time. I have been fortunate enough to be Officer Helvey’s supervisor for most of this time and witnessed both his ability to build strong community bonds while also diligently protecting his community.”

Whether he’s playing basketball, throwing a football around, or just spending time answering their questions, Officer Helvey takes the time to acknowledge and recognize each child and give them a positive memory of law enforcement. “This investment will lay the groundwork to help make our community a safer place,” the nomination read. “During my time in law enforcement, I’ve most often seen officers who either excel in community engagement or criminal enforcement. It is rare to find an officer who exceeds expectations in both regards. However, this is what makes Officer Helvey truly special.”

When describing a time where he truly felt like he made a difference in the community, Officer Helvey told us about how he likes to spend one of his evenings every couple of weeks. “Usually, once a week or every two weeks before the sun goes down, I’ll go into this neighborhood they call ‘paradise’. It’s predominantly a black neighborhood, a low-income area, and I’ll get out and go play basketball or play football. THey’ll ask questions and get in my car. I’ll usually bring candy. I didn’t realize that going into a community and being with kids, it doesn’t matter who they are or where they come from, they are just kids. It is humbling to me. If I were to never get out and just drive by, they would have a blind eye towards me. These kids call me by my first name and run up to my car when they see me. I plan to go to their football games and basketball games.”

“Kids are easily influenced in negative ways and in positive ways,” Officer Nathan Helvey said. “If their view on law enforcement or people is negative from experience, they aren’t seeing everything. So I try to show them that just because I have this uniform, I like to joke around. Their opinions matter a lot to me. They are the future of our community.”

Please join us in celebrating Officer Nathan Helvey as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.