June 5, 2015

Sergeant Jack McPhillips Retires After 28 Years

Sergeant Jack McPhillips officially retired today after 28 years in the profession.  He signed off on the radio for the last time after our dispatcher read an impressive list of career highlights.  To hear the last radio call click this link:

Sergeant McPhillips joined the Santa Cruz Police Department in February 1989 after two years with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Shortly after beginning his career with SCPD, Sergeant McPhillips found himself on duty during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.  It was during the response to this emergency, he was awarded the department’s Medal of Valor for his actions.  This department photo was taken just a few months prior to the big quake.  Jack can be seen in the middle of this group

In 1990 and again in 1994, Sergeant McPhillips was awarded the “10851” award from the California Highway Patrol and California State Automobile Association for his efforts in recovering stolen cars. 

Throughout his career Sergeant McPhillips was the classic “go to guy”.  He always seemed to have a list of projects and ancillary duties in addition to his regular assignment.

Chief Vogel commented, “Jack is an amazing talent.  In addition to his excellent police work, he did so much for the organization on a day-to-day basis.  There wasn’t an assignment he couldn’t do.  We wish him nothing but the best in his well-earned retirement”. 

Prior to being promoted, Jack worked in the operations division on patrol, downtown officer, and motorcycle traffic officer.  In June 1995, Jack was assigned to the Investigations Unit as a detective.  There, he developed an expertise on the investigation of sexual assaults.

Jack was promoted to Sergeant in February 2000 where he supervised a patrol team, and eventually the Downtown Unit.  In 2003, he was reassigned back to traffic as the supervisor of the unit.

Sergeant McPhillips was assigned as the department’s training manager and coordinator in May, 2008.  In 2011, he was reassigned to Professional Standards where he finished his remarkable career. 

Congratulations to Sergeant Jack McPhillips for an outstanding career.  Enjoy your retirement!