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Meet Nominee Sergeant Bill Murphy

By September 18, 2018No Comments

Meet Sergeant Bill Murphy of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
His nomination read, “Sergeant Murphy held many roles during his career, including narcotics and gang investigator, DARE instructor, and supervisor of narcotics and violent crime task force. However, it wasn’t until he began working for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office following his retirement that he found his true calling in community services.”
Sergeant Murphy believes that out of everything he did throughout his career, it was his interactions with the community that were the most important and impactful. He said, “In the role that I’m in now, trying to prevent people from becoming victims of crime, and interacting with the public is what I enjoy most—when you make a difference in someone’s life.”
He helps make that difference through education. “I think educating the public on crime and safety is one of the biggest ways to prevent them from being a victim of crime. Education helps them be aware of what’s around them. Education is very important.”
Sergeant Murphy works tirelessly to make Lancaster County a safer place for everyone to enjoy. Nominated for his excellent work at doing just that, his nomination noted that he has steadily increased the reach of the Sheriff’s Office Neighborhood Watch programs and that he has gone into Lancaster County’s most violent neighborhoods to build relationships, establish trust, and initiate Neighborhood Watch Meetings. Sergeant Murphy has also been an integral part of Lancaster County’s Coalition for Healthy Youth and the recently established Lancaster Promise Neighborhood, aimed at revitalizing high-crime areas and mentoring high-risk youth. “His prevention programs have been an integral part in Lancaster County sustaining a 30% reduction in Part 1 crimes over the past four years.”
He has been an enormous asset to his department and has brought so much to it by stepping up and helping out the community, specifically the senior citizens. Sergeant Murphy established the Project Lifesaver Program in Lancaster County. “He developed a passion for locating our most vulnerable citizens when they become lost or disoriented after seeing too many people who were located too late. He brought Project LIfesaver’s system of locating elderly or otherwise vulnerable adults to Lancaster County.” Through this program, vulnerable people are given a wrist band that will allow for them to be tracked by radio signal should they become lost. Sergeant Murphy personally oversees the program and the maintenance of each of the wrist bands, and family members sleep much better at night knowing that this program exists in Lancaster County.
After nearly three decades in law enforcement, Sergeant Murphy is showing no signs of slowing down. His connections to the community are stronger than ever and according to his nomination, “he serves as a great example to other members in the organization. Sergeant Murphy’s experience, dedication, and community-mindedness is highlighting the path for others to follow as we adjust our policing for the 21st Century.”
Please join us in celebrating Sergeant Billy Murphy as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!

About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.