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Sgt. Richard Murphy
Sgt. Richard Murphy
Criminal Justice Technology
1978 Owens Graduate

"The instructors [at Owens] were excellent and taught law enforcement from the street level."

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Profile of Excellence:
Sgt. Richard Murphy
Owens Community College Alumnus
As the Toledo Police Department's Public Information Officer, Sgt. Richard Murphy takes great pride in promoting a positive image among law enforcement officials in Northwest Ohio.

"Police officers do so many positive things in our community," Murphy said. "The thing I like most about my job is I get to focus on those aspects and shed a positive light on police officers."

Murphy grew up in Toledo where he graduated from Woodward High School in 1960. After high school, Murphy served two years on active duty in the United States Navy before obtaining his first out-of-high-school job at Libbey Owens Ford.

After a friend became a police officer, Murphy realized his future was in law enforcement. He started his service with the Oregon Police Department in 1967. Two years later, he transferred to the Toledo Police Department where he worked until he left to serve as an officer in Florida.

In 1973, he came back to Toledo and the Toledo Police Department to be closer to family. At that time, he enrolled at Owens Community College to "better himself" and learn as much as he could about the law enforcement community.

"I chose to attend Owens because it was convenient and they worked around your schedule," the grandfather of three said. "It was a small college then, but a very good school. The instructors were excellent and taught law enforcement from the street level."

He obtained his associate's degree from Owens in 1978 and has been a pioneer in the Toledo law enforcement community ever since.

Though he still works the street, Murphy is known around the Toledo-area as the "best 30-second sound byte" person. He serves as the point of contact for the Toledo Police Department on all matters concerning media coverage and public information.

"I have the best of both worlds," he said. "I come in the office every day, check my email and then head out to the action. I'll always love working the street."

His advice to those thinking about pursuing a career in law enforcement?

"As a public official, you're behavior is looked at 24 hours a day," he said. "How you act on and off duty is going to affect your job performance. Come in with a good attitude and know that this is a profession, not just a job. At the end of the day, you're still a police officer. Do the best that you can do so that at the end of your tour of duty, you can say you contributed something to your community."

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Contact Laura Moore at (567) 661-7410 or alumni@owens.edu
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