CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College recently named John P. Murphy Sr. chief of police and director of campus and public safety.
In his new position, Murphy serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the college. He provides leadership and oversight to campus and public safety to provide a safe campus environment. He is responsible for the direction, management, implementation, and evaluation of policies, programs, personnel, and activities related to the safety and security for all constituents, as well as the assets of the college.
Murphy joins PSC after serving 31 years on the Chicago Heights Police Department, most recently as administrative commander. Before his last post, Murphy served as a patrol officer, narcotic/tactical officer, patrol/field training officer, detective, detective supervisor, patrol supervisor, and traffic unit supervisor.
He is a board member of the Chicago Heights Emergency 911 Center and the Chicago Heights Free Public Library. He is a member of the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, and a retired member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the North East Multi-Regional Training Inc. Training & Curriculum Committee. He also is an instructor/role player for the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and a volunteer court advocate for the YWCA Rape Crisis Center.
During his career, Murphy has been honored with several awards, including Calumet College of St. Joseph’s Leadership Award, Illinois Police Chiefs Association’s Certified Eligible Police Chief award, and Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s Public Safety Executive Leadership Award.
He holds an associate of applied science in criminal justice from PSC, a bachelor of science in law enforcement management from Calumet College of St. Josephs, and a master's in public administration from Governors State University.
“Mr. Murphy is an experienced police professional who has breadth of experience in the field over a 31-year career,” said Vice President Alan Robertson, who recommended Murphy for the position. “He demonstrates a strong understanding of and relationships with the local law enforcement community and an interest in ensuring that PSC is closely involved with various local and multidepartmental units and services.”