William A. Murphy
Deputy Chief William A.
Police Sciences and Training Bureau
Murphy was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Department
(LAPD) on June 27, 1988, and after graduating from the Police
Academy, began his career as a patrol officer in Harbor Area.
During this time he also was assigned to work the Gang Task Force
and the Special Problems Unit. Murphy went on to work patrol and
foot beat assignments in Newton Area and in September of 1990, was
assigned back to Harbor Area as a Field Training Officer.
In October 1993, Murphy was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to
Rampart Patrol Division where he served as a field sergeant and
Patrol Adjutant to the Commanding Officer, Rampart Patrol Division.
After an assignment as a field sergeant in Southeast Area, he was
promoted to Sergeant II and served as a Commander's Aide for the
Commanding Officer of Communications Group, Police Facilities
Construction Group, Administration Group, and the Chief Information
In October 1998, he promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was
assigned as a Watch Commander in Hollenbeck Area. In March 2000, he
was promoted to Lieutenant II and selected to become the Officer in
Charge of Professional Development for the LAPD. In this assignment
he was responsible for all in-service training functions. During
this time he also was the lead instructor for the prestigious West
Point Leadership Program. Murphy is a recognized expert in training
development and leadership and has served on many California Peace
Officer Standards and Training (POST) committees.
In May 2003, Murphy was assigned as the Adjutant to the Chief of
Support Services where he assisted an Assistant Chief of Police to
manage all LAPD training, personnel, technology, employee
relations, and behavioral science services functions. In November
2004, Murphy was assigned as the Adjutant to the Director, Office
of Operations where he assisted an Assistant Chief of Police to
manage all LAPD patrol, detective, and special operations
In April 2005, Murphy was promoted to Captain I and assigned as the
Commanding Officer, 77th Patrol Division. In this capacity Murphy
was responsible for managing the largest patrol command on the LAPD
with approximately 285 patrol officers and supervisors. In January
2006, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer, Newton Patrol
In August 2006, Murphy was promoted to Captain III and assigned as
the Commanding Officer, Training Division. In this assignment he
was responsible for all recruit and in-service training on the
Department. He managed and led approximately 850 personnel and was
the Director of the Los Angeles Police Department's Recruit
On April 1, 2008, Murphy was assigned as the Commanding Officer,
Northeast Area. In this assignment he was responsible for managing
police operations in the Northeast Area of the City of Los Angeles.
The Northeast Area is approximately 30 square miles in size and
contains 300,000 residents.
In March, 2013, Murphy was promoted to Commander and assigned as
the Assistant Commanding Officer of Personnel and Training Bureau.
In this assignment he oversees all personnel and training functions
on the LAPD.
In January of 2015, Murphy was promoted to Deputy Chief and
Commanding Officer of Personnel and Training Bureau. Personnel and
Training Bureau (PTB) is comprised of Personnel Group, Personnel
Division, Recruitment and Employment Division, Police Training and
Education, Training Division, and the Department's Uniform
Committee. Deputy Chief Murphy's responsibilities also include
being the Chairperson of the Uniform Committee, the Co-Chairperson
of Categorical Use of Force presentations before the Los Angeles
Police Commission and the Reserve Officer Coordinator.
Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the
University of Massachusetts at Boston, and a Master of Public
Administration degree from California State University at Long
Beach. He also attended the Faculty Development Workshop at the
United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied
Behavioral Science and Leadership. Murphy has authored articles on
law enforcement in The Police Chief magazine and The Homeland
Defense Journal. He was an adjunct professor in the Extended
Education Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles and
California State University at Los Angeles. Murphy has been married
to his wife Nancy for over 25 years and has three daughters,
Nicole, Danielle, and Samantha.