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2015 Officer of the Year


We are proud to bring you Officer Owen P. Phillips, Clayton Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2015!

What does a police officer do - direct traffic at an accident scene, calm tensions during a domestic dispute, keep the streets safe, educate and empower the justice leaders of tomorrow?  These tasks and dozens more comprise the day in the life of a Clayton Police Officer.  Their invaluable training brings a commitment to keeping the Town’s citizens safe, unwavering dedication to providing service to the community and a superior work ethic.  It’s those qualities that have earned Officer Owen P. Phillips the Officer of the Year Award from the Clayton Police Department.

Officer Phillips, a native of Clayton and graduate of Clayton High School has served the department for more than 5 years.  He’s been a patrol officer, traffic officer and now serves on the Community Action Team.  While serving, he has obtained his Intermediate Law Enforcement Certificate and his Associates Degree.

Following graduation from Clayton High School, Philips joined the US Army and served 5 years 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 3 years with the Smithfield Police Department before joining the Clayton Police Department.

Each year the police department selects an Officer of the Year from among every sworn officer on the department.  Numerous factors are considered during this selection and the employee who has proven their commitment to superior service to the community, exceptional work ethic, and dedication to their chosen profession, is selected.

The Town of Clayton’s Officer of the Year will represent the department in various law enforcement and community events throughout 2015.  We hope that everyone will congratulate Officer Phillips on his accomplishment!!  

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