Lt. Murphy began his career in the law enforcement field beginning in 1980. After joining the United States Marine Corp, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton California assigned to Correction Battalion. His next years would be assigned to the Marine Security Guard battalion stationed at embassies in Kabul, Afghanistan and Bangkok, Thailand.
In 1990 Lt. Murphy moved to Jefferson, WI and began working at the Sheriff Department there as a jailer. He attended Madison Area Technical College and received certification in Corrections and Law Enforcement before leaving for service in Oak Creek, WI.
After working with the Sheriff Department, Lt. Murphy joined the Oak Creek Police Department, and served with them for over 22 years.
Among the many special units/ task forces that Lt. Murphy was apart of during his tenure with the Oak Creek police: he was a member of the OCPD Emergency Response Unit from 1992- 2009; He was an entry team member, explosive breacher and ERU team leader; He was a member of the OCPD Evidence Technician Unit for 15 years. In addition, Lt. Murphy served with the Wisconsin Association for Identification for over 15 years eventually serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years.
Aside from his official positions with law enforcement, Lt. Murphy supplemented his career as an adjunct instructor for L.S.U., Texas A&M and New Mexico Tech. Currently,Lt. Murphy is an instructor for Waukesha Area Technical College. Lt. Brian Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Marian University.
Among many Awards and Commendations:
- 2005- Unit Citation for role in recovery of a child from an Amber Alert
- 2005- Distinguished Service Medal for role in the investigation domestic terrorism event 2010- Award of Excellence for dedicated service on the
- Emergency Response Unit 2013- Oak Creek Police Purple Heart
- 2013- Oak Creek Police Medal of Valor
- 2013- Wisconsin Association of SWAT Personnel- SWAT officer of the year
- 2014- Congressional Badge of Bravery
- 2015- Presidential Public Safety Medal of Valor