Photo by Christian Felkl
Officer Phillip Locklear checks with Resident Advisor Andrea Mcdowell to make sure everything is going OK in Oak Hall.
New police officer joins campus
By Christian Felkl
While Officer Phillip Locklear isn’t new to the area, he is new to the Department of Police and Public Safety. Locklear joined the Department in February as a rookie police officer.
The 31-year-old officer is from the Prospect Community and graduated from Purnell Swett High School in 1994.
Locklear has served in the U.S. Marines, Marine Corps Reserves and the Army Reserves. He is also an Army instructor for close quarters combat, where he teaches other soldiers how to clear a room and be able to handle situations.
He got out of the military because he has always wanted to do police work and went to training and became a police officer, Locklear said.
Locklear has deployed twice, his most recent being to Iraq in 2005.
While overseas, he served as a rifleman and a maintenance management clerk with responsibilities such as ordering parts, receiving them and making sure they got to the right mechanic. Locklear said he enjoys the work a lot on campus.
He’s dealt with problems such as drugs, alcohol, weapons and moving violations.
“Pembroke is a growing community. Even from when I graduated, it has grown tremendously,” he said.
Locklear attended Basic Law Enforcement Training at Robeson Community College and graduated in December.
“He has the potential to become one of the best law enforcement in Robeson County,” Cpl. Gloria Abeyta said.
If he is not doing patrols on campus, he can be found riding his motorcycle, hunting or playing softball with his church members.
Locklear said he “would like to move up in the ranks and to be a leader for the department.”
Even though he doesn’t have a lot of experience yet doing police work, he said, his military background has helped him get through school and be ahead of the game.