Chief of Police

 Patrick A. Murphy


Chief of the Berwyn Heights Police Department is Colonel Patrick A. Murphy.  Chief Murphy has served continuously in Maryland Law Enforcement since 1973.  He is a former adjunct professor of Police Science at the College of Southern Maryland, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He has a B.A in Law Enforcement/Criminology from the University of Maryland in College Park, where he started his career as a patrolman with the University Police.  He served with the Charles County Sheriff's Police from 1974 to 1999, working as a patrol officer, motorcycle officer, detective, shift commander, planner, commander of training and accreditation, and commander of the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy.


He retired in 1999, and became the Police Chief for Berwyn Heights the next day, having been chosen unanimously from a field of 26 applicants by the then Mayor and Town Council.  He is a graduate of the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development School, and was appointed in 2004 by Maryland Governor Robert H. Ehrlich Jr to a seat on the Maryland Handgun Roster Board, where he continues to serve. 


Chief Murphy is a member of the International Association of Chief's of Police, The Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the Maryland Municipal League Police Executive Association, the Maryland Police Chief's Association, the Police Chief's Association of Prince Georges' County, and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #24, Charles County.