Officer Murphy joins MPD

Posted 10/13/20

It was a chance encounter with the chief of the Hearne Police Department in 2006 that would ultimately lead Anecia Murphy, Madisonville’s newest police officer, to her career in law enforcement.

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Officer Murphy joins MPD

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It was a chance encounter with the chief of the Hearne Police Department in 2006 that would ultimately lead Anecia Murphy, Madisonville’s newest police officer, to her career in law enforcement.

“I was actually working at a grocery store in Hearne,” said Murphy on the 2006 encounter. “(The Hearne police chief) came through the line shopping. He told me that I looked very unhappy right now and asked if I wanted to come work for the police department as a dispatcher.”

The rest is history. Murphy worked in dispatch for over 12 years with the Hearne Police Department and again for six months in College Station before she had another realization.

“One day I just decided I wanted to do more and actually be out there to help,” said Murphy.

Murphy worked reserve duties for the Franklin Police Department in the summer before she was hired on by Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert. She reserved for two weeks in Madisonville before she was officially hired Oct. 5.

“What I’ve observed about (Officer Murphy) is that she is eager to learn,” said Chief Gilbert. “She has some experience, in dispatch and law enforcement. That is what made her a good applicant for MPD.”

“So far we’ve just been running around, learning the streets and meeting people,” said Murphy on the process, which includes a training period under a more senior officer in the department. “I love it. I really just want to get to know the citizens around here. I feel like if you get to know the people around you, you will know how to serve them better.”

Murphy went through Navarro College’s Police Academy, where she was originally set to graduate in December. This date was delayed as she had to go back to participate in specific training she missed due to surgery.

“It was a long journey through the academy,” said Murphy.

Murphy was not especially familiar with Madisonville before taking on the job, but has been learning the major roads and side streets during her training period.

“I think I had only driven past here maybe once or twice,” said Murphy.

Officer Murphy is 34 years old and was born and raised in Hearne, attending Mumford High School in 2004. She has a 12-year-old daughter.

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