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Meet Nominee Sergeant Harold Phillips

By September 21, 2018No Comments

Throughout Charleston County, you’ll find numerous individuals who are inspired by and who believe in Sergeant Harold Phillips, who works in the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office. Numerous nominations came in for Sergeant Phillips and all of them spoke about what a caring and outstanding individual that he is and that he has been over his 28 year career in law enforcement. With a background of a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology, he has a foundation to understand people, who they are, and how to help address their needs.
Sergeant Harold Phillips goes over and above for everyone the community that he serves and he gives his valuable time to organizations through his volunteer activities. His nomination reads, “Sergeant Harold Phillips has freely given his cell phone out to every citizen through daily emails on crime alerts, and he quickly responds to calls or emails with no concern if he is working or on his off time.” He also works with the Explorers where he thoroughly enjoys nurturing young people who are interested in a law enforcement career and he volunteers with the Special Olympics program. The nomination continued, “He is a caring individual and he’s a wonderful reflection of what law enforcement should look like.”
Another nomination focused on Sergeant Phillips connection with the community and the genuine care and concern that he expresses for everyone. “People can tell when you are being real about what their concerns are. He interacts with people on a personal level. He has even taken calls from the community while sick in the emergency room and while standing in line with his family at Disney World. While most law enforcement officers would simply pass on the information to someone who is working—if they even answer at all—Harold began handling the concerns of each citizen who called him.”
We asked him what he loves most about the job and he said, “knowing that whatever it is that you’re trying to do, the decisions that you make are going to benefit people daily. You have a fingerprint on someone else’s life and hopefully, it’s a positive one.” Even arresting someone can have a positive impact and can be helpful to their life. “One time, a person I arrested came up to me and thanked me for arresting him because I corrected him. He said I fixed his life.”
Sergeant Phillips expanded on his volunteer work because it greatly impacted his life in a positive way. He said, “I tell you, with this job, even though you know you’re helping someone, they may not realize that you’re helping them. But when it comes to Special Olympics and Explorers, they truly appreciate you. Overall, it’s just the feeling that whenever I leave this job, I can smile and I’d like to think that I’ve helped people. In the end, it’s having the opportunity to help others that makes it worthwhile.”
Please join us in celebrating Sergeant Harold Phillips 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.