Thursday, September 5, 2013
Field Training Officer PFC Maury Sullivan, 31, of Summerville has been with Summerville Police Department for seven and a half years. He grew up in Jacksonville, FL and moved to South Carolina in 2006 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice.
His dad is a police officer with MUSC Public Safety.
“The chief heard about me through a friend – another SPD officer – and my friend told me the chief wanted me to call him ASAP. I did, went for an interview and was hired on the spot,” says Sullivan.
So he accepted, went through the police academy, been certified in “so much” including radar and Taser and worked his way to field training officer in two years. His goal?
“I want to become chief some day.”
In the meantime, however, he wants no part of anything but patrol. “I do patrol by choice, I love patrol,” he grins.
“I love talking to people and either being able to help them or just listening…even in a domestic situation, sometimes you just need to listen.”
Sullivan says eventually he may want to get off the road but “not now.”
Having worked nights for seven years, Sullivan has just switched to days, which, he says, is much better for spending time with his family…“it has made my whole life better.”
“I love for people to see us,” he continues, “at night they can’t see us but during the day they see our vehicles, we wave at kids at the bus stop and they wave back…it puts a sparkle in my eye.”
One of his worst experiences, he recalls shaking his head, was the night he spent sitting in the hospital with a 10-year-old little girl after she had been sexually assaulted.
Best? “There are so many!” he says, smiling. “I do remember one call when I responded to an older woman one night…she needed help…a way out of her home.”
The woman, he says, was the victim of domestic abuse and she simply didn’t know how to get out of her situation.
“I was able to get her to a shelter and the next day she called me and thanked me for getting her out of her situation.”
When he isn’t working he spends his time, he says, with his wife Shareka, who is a personal banker with Bank of America, and their son Maury Jr. who is a year old.
They are expecting another little boy – Mason – in November, he grins.
“I like to spend my time with my wife and son…we travel a lot…road trips…visit Asheville, NC, a lot…we love the mountains and sometimes we got to Florida to visit family.”
“Oh! And I’m a movie freak – both home and at the cinema,” he laughs, “I love the movies.”
And sports. “Love sports, especially football. I played linebacker and a bit of defensive back in both high school and college.”
He doesn’t hunt but he “might” try fishing.
“I don’t cook, but I can clean!”
“Well,” he amends, “I can throw down breakfast.”
Especially now that his wife is expecting, he says, he makes sure the house is clean.
“I am a newspaper lover. Every where we go,” he says, “I buy the local newspapers.”
“I get the Post & Courier too,” he says, then quickly adds, “I read the Journal Scene online!”
His supervisors, he says, are trying to get him to go to instructor school for more specialized skills that he could then teach others but finding the time is difficult, he says.
“I love teaching/training,” he says, “I learned a lot…so much from my FTO and I wanted to teach others the way I was taught…it makes me feel good.”