Kevin J. Murphy is chief of police for the Montgomery Police Department. He began his law enforcement career with the Ozark Police Department in 1984; and two years later, he joined the Montgomery Police Department. He served for five years in the Traffic Division and then for nine years in the Detective Division as an investigator and supervisor, assigned to both the property and robbery homicide bureaus and progressing through the ranks. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of major and appointed commander of the Patrol Division, where he served until his promotion to deputy chief in 2007. Four years later, Chief Murphy was appointed as the 12th chief of police for Montgomery. His progressive leadership is characterized by bold crime-fighting initiatives; data-driven, strategic and predictive policing; community involvement, public outreach and innovative partnerships; staff and leadership development; and continued reduction in crime. Chief Murphy is certified by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission as an instructor for interview and interrogation techniques. He has instructed law enforcement officers from numerous state and local agencies throughout the Southeast. Chief Murphy earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice/public safety from Auburn University at Montgomery. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Phi Sigma honor societies. Chief Murphy also is a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Chief Murphy and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three sons and have two grandchildren.
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