Murphy, Patrick V.

Murphy, Patrick V. (Vincent)

(1920–  ) police commissioner, foundation head; born in New York City. Son of a New York City police officer, he rose through the ranks of the New York City Police Department to deputy chief (1964–65) and then police commissioner (1970–73). In between active police duty, he administered the Justice Department's Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (1968–69). After leaving the commissioner's post, he headed the national Police Foundation (1973–85), taught at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (1985–87), and was a consultant to the United States Conference of Mayors (1985).
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