Lieutenant Phillips was sworn in as a Richmond police officer in December of 1972. He worked the streets for several years and joined the Special Weapons And Tactics team (SWAT). As an officer, he was also a team member on the department basketball team. He worked closely with the Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) where he mentored and coached the children and steered them toward a path of success and away from trouble.
In May of 1981, Phillips promoted to the rank of sergeant where he supervised officers on patrol. After three years, Phillips was again promoted to the rank of lieutenant in May of 1984. As a lieutenant, Phillips was a patrol Watch-Commander, managed the Criminal Investigations Bureau and managed the department’s Internal Affairs section. Near the end of his career, Lieutenant Phillips was an acting captain and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Lieutenant Phillips retired after serving the department over 30 years.
Lieutenant Phillips was a gentle and competent officer. Throughout his career, he placed the needs of the department and the community first. Phillips gained the respect of his peers and all of his subordinates. He has always maintained high integrity and a strong moral compass.
Lieutenant Tommie E. Phillips, thank you for your dedicated service to the Richmond Police Department and to the community. Rest In Peace, LT.
*** Condolence cards for the Phillips family may be sent to:
Family of Tommie Phillips C/O
Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary
455 24th St.
Richmond, CA 94801
Wake: April 15, 2018, 5PM - 7PM at Wilson and Kratzer Mortuary (455 24th St., Richmond, CA)
Funeral Services: April 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Location: Stephens CME Church - 2301 Union Ave., Fairfield, CA
Lieutenant Felix Tan from Richmond Police Department