Joseph Philip Robert Murray

June 25, 1994 - September 1, 2000

Murray was born in Ottawa, Ontario on March 6, 1943. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1962. After recruit training, Murray remained in Saskatchewan, attended the University of Regina where he was awarded the General Proficiency Scholarship in both 1975 and 1976 and completed. a Bachelor of Administration degree in 1977. He graduated a year later with a Certificate of Business Administration from the same institution.

In 1979, Murray was appointed Inspector. Two years later he performed protective police duties at 'A' Division in Ottawa, soon becoming the Officer in Charge of Federal Police, a position he held for four years. In 1986, as newly appointed Superintendent, Murray became the Officer in Charge of VIP Security and Airport Police. The next year he was made Director of Protective Policing. In 1988, Murray was made Chief Superintendent and shortly after, Assistant Commissioner. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 'A' Division, then Deputy Commissioner of Administration. In 1993, Murray was promoted to Deputy Commissioner of Operations and on June 25, 1994 was appointed Commissioner of the RCMP.

Commissioner Murray established town hall meetings to improve communication within the Force and initiated corporate sponsorship. In 1997 he removed the Force from the area of airport security, leaving it to local police establishments and private security agencies. He adopted Alternative Dispute Resolution and developed the Mission, Vision, and Values/Shared Leadership Statement which guides the force today.

During his term as Commissioner, Murray was a member of both the Canadian and International Associations of Chiefs of Police, and a member of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). Murray was awarded the RCMP Long Service Medal, the Canada 125 Medal and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Commissioner Murray retired on September 1, 2000.

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