New Police Chief Sworn in for Chattanooga

Celeste Murphy touts a new community relationship for the department

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Melody Maddox: “You can’t serve the people if you don’t love the people. Chief Murphy loves her job, and she loves the people she serves. Law enforcement presents an opportunity to serve with honor.”

Celeste Murphy plans to serve as Chattanooga’s police chief with more than just honor. She wants to serve as a police ambassador to the community, and have her officers do the same. That’s how you build trust.

Murphy: “We will be the model that sets the standard for other cities in having a robust police-community relationship.”

As deputy chief in the Atlanta Police Department, the city saw violent crime decline by close to 12 percent. While bringing that attitude to Chattanooga, the community-police relationship is going to be a work in progress, and one that doesn’t get easier with bad policing elsewhere.

Murphy: “I know it’s frustrating to get blamed for the despicable actions of bad officers from other cities. I know that it is important for CPD to keep Chattanooga safe and be respected and trusted by all segments of this diverse community. Mayor Kelly is working hard to close the opportunity gap between our residents. So, we will make sure that we don’t senselessly strip those opportunities from people.”

Murphy mentioned that not everything was a success in Atlanta. She’s willing to take what she learned in her successes and failures and move forward, always striving to get better.

Chief Murphy: “I have learned a lot through it, and I never quit. I’m stronger and better because of it. So, I’m here now, and we’ll win together. C-P-D, we’re winners.”

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