Chapel Hill officer wins Stone award

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 05:58 PM

The Chapel Hill Police Department awarded Officer Phil Smith the 2012 Herman Stone Award.

Smith, a 20-year veteran of the police department, serves as the court liaison officer as well as the off-duty and special events coordinator. He’s the one who organizes and prepares for events such as UNC basketball celebrations and Halloween activities on Franklin Street.

Smith also works in supporting the N.C. Special Olympics. Law enforcement agencies across the state compete to see which agency can raise the most money for the Special Olympics, and despite being one of the smaller agencies in the state, the Chapel Hill Police Department has been one of the top two or three fundraisers each year.

“Officer Smith manages his diverse responsibilities with care, attention to detail, and a positive attitude,” Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue. “His command of the areas for which he is responsible is impressive.

“Officer Smith has built an extensive professional network of community leaders, public servants, and town employees,” Blue said. “Such networks are invaluable and Officer Smith’s positive and outgoing attitude has enabled him to build an impressive array of friends and colleagues.”

The Herman Stone Award is named for Herman Stone, who served as chief of the Chapel Hill Police Department from 1977 to 1987. The characteristics of the award recipient are commitment to service, commitment to the values of fairness and respect for the individual, loyalty to the agency and to the community and a demonstrated desire to serve people.