Dublin Police Recognize Sworn Civilian Employees of the Year

Detective Jason Murphy has been an officer with the Dublin Police Department for over 25 years and said that even after more than a quarter of a century almost every day still brings something unexpected.

“There’s rarely a day when what you thought or expected is the same. You never know what each day will bring you or how the day will bring it to you,” said Murphy, 50, who has joined the Dublin Police Department in 1995 and became a detective in 2014.

But that’s what makes his detective work so rewarding for him, he said.

Murphy was recognized as the department’s 2021 sworn employee of the year for his public service to the community, under his auspices as a detective, during a March 14 ceremony at City Hall, where d ‘other employees were also recognized.

“But it’s because of the team I work with,” Murphy said, referring to Brett Goldstein, a communications technician with the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center who was recognized as the civilian employee of the year. 2021, and other officers and civilians who have been recognized. for their community service in the department.

Goldstein, 28, graduated from Hilliard Darby Secondary School in 2012 and joined the NRECC as a communications specialist in 2014.

Goldstein had a childhood fascination with fire engines and firefighters and said he tried hard to become a firefighter, but then found he also enjoyed the dynamics of working as a firefighter technician. communication.

Like Murphy, Goldstein said he likes every day at work “to be something different.”

“No matter the call, from a traffic stop to a 911 call, everyone is different,” Goldstein said.

Sometimes the two interact with people who are in some crisis mode.

Stephen Mette, director of operations at the NRECC, said Goldstein is also mindful of callers to the NRECC and his colleagues.

“His willingness to come up with constructive insights from these observations helps guide conversations about how the organization can continue to improve,” Mette said. “I have seen Brett humanize his interactions with callers time and time again, providing them with a better experience. His dedication to the audience, responders and his teammates is exceptional.”

Police Chief Justin Páez recognized Goldstein not only for his “tactical awareness” on calls that improves officer safety, but also for his efforts to help the public while finding a solution to a problem.

Goldstein and two other NRECC employees purchased a clock and, on their day off, arranged with Upper Arlington police to deliver it to a resident who lived there and who had repeatedly abused 911 in calling to ask the time.

Goldstein also helped save the life of a woman in February 2021 who allegedly overdosed on heroin and fentanyl at a Dublin hotel, providing the caller with instructions on how to perform CPR while the doctors were on their way.

Murphy’s efforts last year included his handling of several sensitive cases, including one involving a suicide, several sex offenses involving adults and minors and a homicide investigation that resulted in the arrest of a Johnstown man for the murder of a 40-year-old man inside. his residence in Dublin in December 2020.

In addition to his work as an investigator, Murphy, a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, developed an interview training course for the department, featuring tactics and techniques designed to improve police ability to obtain information and witness and suspect statements, Páez said. .

In working with the public, Murphy said, although policing and the public perception of policing has changed since he joined the department, he still relies on the basic art of communication and the act. of mutual respect.

“(An officer) needs to be a better communicator today,” he said, adding that he sees respect being given in most cases.

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