2012 Officer of the Year Award Detective James Murray
Shortly after Graduating from Plantation High School, Detective Murray began his career with Plantation Police Department in 1984. He was hired as a Police Service Aide and performed his duties to a very high standard for the next three years. Detective Murray was then hired as a Police Officer in 1987 and attended the 126th Police Academy at the Broward Criminal Justice Institute.
During his time at Plantation Police Department, Detective Murray has become a role model for veteran Detectives and Road Patrol officers alike. After serving his first few years assigned to the Road Patrol Division, Detective Murray made an easy transition to the Criminal Investigations Division. For the past 19 years as a Detective, he has been assigned to several specialized areas within the Detective Bureau to include the Gang Unit, Burglary, Crimes Against Persons (Robbery), and is the most senior Detective on the Major Crimes Teams.
In 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he was assigned as a liaison with the Southeastern Regional Domestic Security Task Force through FDLE. Whether the lead investigator of a homicide, handling one of his other added responsibilities, or lending a helping hand to new detectives navigating the complexities of cases, Detective Murray always does his job with class and professionalism.
Detective Murray has repeatedly shown consistency, year after year, receiving the Meritorious Service Award, Lifesaving Award, and the Officer of the Month award on five separate occasions and is very deserving of being the recipient of this award. His personnel file is overflowing with additional commendations from local, state, and federal agencies as well as residents of Plantation.
Being selected Officer of the Year for 2012, by prior recipients of this award, is no doubt a humbling experience. After a career full of impeccable police work, it seemed fitting to bestow this upon him. Congratulations Jim, and thank you for your dedicated service to the Plantation Police Department and the citizens of Plantation.