Major Celeste Murphy

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Office of Professional Standards

Major Celeste Murphy joined the Atlanta Police Department in 1997. During her tenure, she has served as a Patrol Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain.

Her first assignment included working Zone 1 as beat and bicycle patrol officer. In 2002, she was appointed Detective and joined the Vice and Narcotics Units where she conducted numerous search warrants for narcotics and vice details.

As a Sergeant, she worked in Zone 3 and the Office of the Chief, Staff Inspections. During her time in Staff Inspections, she oversaw the unit that conducted an internal audit of all of the components of the Atlanta Police Department to determine the extent, adherence and practically of policies and processes while identifying areas for improvement.

After attaining the rank of Lieutenant, she was assigned to Zone 2 and served as the Morning Watch Commander. Her next assignment was the Commander of Zone 4 Criminal Investigations, and soon after she was appointed Commander of the Special Victims Unit. As the commander of the Special Victims Unit, she managed investigations of adult sex crimes, child exploitation, human trafficking, child abuse/neglect, runaway/missing children, and domestic violence.

In December 2015, Major Murphy was appointed to the rank of Captain and assumed the role of Night Commander. As the Night Commander, she served as the on-duty command level supervisor during morning watch hours and provided command level supervision at significant events. As Captain, she also served as the assistant commander of the Code Enforcement Section and helped to enforce the city’s residential and commercial property codes. In 2016, she was appointed to the rank of Major and selected to lead the Office of Professional Standards.

Major Murphy is a New York City native and proud mother of four sons. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Syracuse University and a Masters of Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Major Murphy is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a current board member for the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.