Sgt. Joseph Harvill named West Ashley Optimist Club’s Community Hero of the Year

from Staff Reports

Sgt. Joseph Harvill was recently honored by the West Ashley Optimist Club as the Charleston Police Department’s Community Hero of the Year.

Sgt. Harvill is a 12-year veteran of the City of Charleston Police Department who is assigned to the Professional Development and Training Office.

Sgt. Harvill’s professional responsibilities include coordinating and scheduling training for the entire department as well as being a subject matter expert instructor of many law enforcement disciplines.

When the department experienced the first effects from the onset of COVID-19, Sgt. Harvill stepped up and went outside of our traditional box of instruction. He moved the department’s  “in-person platform” to an “on-line platform” to ensure that all 450 officers maintained critical required training throughout the year.

In addition to this, Sgt. Harvill has also maintained external relationships with department partners to ensure that all additional training that’s not mandated was still going to be offered via a virtual platform.

Sgt. Harvill also ensured that any in-person training that was being conducted was done so to ensure that proper COVID-19 protocols were in place. Most importantly, Sgt. Harvill has maintained a positive attitude and has worked tirelessly for all members within the Charleston Police Department and the communities that they serve.

The Charleston Police Department expressly thanks the West Ashley Optimist Club for recognizing the professional work our police officers do day in and day out to protect the citizens of Charleston.

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