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Dorchester native excited to

serve community with OPP

Signpost photo by Wendy Spence
Dorchester native Chad Murray is the new media relations and community safety officer with the Middlesex OPP.
by Wendy Spence

        As a child, when Chad Murray saw police cars driving through the village it stoked an interest in a career as a police officer and his dream has come true. The Dorchester native is looking forward to serving the community he grew up in through his role as media relations and community safety officer with the Middlesex OPP. “It allows me to foster that community service feeling.” Murray is excited to be able to be involved in Dorchester as he and other members of his family have been over the years.
        The OPP constable says that interactions of any kind with people can be rewarding. “You’re always able to learn from your interactions and build on your experience to make you a more well-rounded officer.
        There’s always an opportunity to learn and grow with the OPP.” Murray looks forward to sharing his experiences with students in high school and university who are considering a policing career. “That’s a priority on my list.”
        In his role he will act as a representative and liaison between the general public, the media and the detachment, participate in community events, awards ceremonies and crime prevention projects in the schools and work with community groups to deliver safety messages and programming.
        In particular, Murray looks forward to teaching the KIDS (knowledge issues decisions supports) program to Grade 6 students. It focuses on four topics: youth and the law, peer to peer relationships, online and social media awareness and drug awareness. He recalls the lessons he learned in a similar program when he was in school and hopes it has the same impact on the students he teaches. “The whole experience really stuck with me.”
        Murray played minor hockey in Dorchester and refereed for minor and OHA hockey. He fondly recalls being a volunteer with Citizens on Patrol. Murray eventually volunteered as part of the OPP auxiliary. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and public policy from the University of Guelph and began his policing career in January 2014. When Murray was hired by the OPP, he was posted to the Hearst Detachment from May 2014 to April 2018 and he has since transferred to the Middlesex Detachment. He did training at the Ontario Police College as well as additional training specific to the OPP in Orillia. Murray will be attending five days of media relations training in Orillia next month.

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