Officer unique to UAM

Erin Anthony
Staff Writer

Murphy

Offc. Murphy
   Campus Security is taking action against domestic abuse. In October 2003, the team added the position domestic abuse officer.

   “As far as I know UAM is the only college in Arkansas with a domestic abuse prevention officer,” said John Kidwell, director of Public Safety.

   Robert Murphy filled the position in September after graduating from the university last May. He began his career in 1999 by volunteering part-time at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and has worked for Campus Security for the past two years.

   “The biggest part of the job I enjoy is being in contact with people,” Murphy said.

   Murphy investigates domestic cases, including all crimes against women such as stalking, vandalism, date rape and physical abuse. He said he fears many cases go unreported.

   “If there is a problem, we are here 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Someone will help you. All you have to do is call,” he said.

   Murphy is teaming with the Criminal Justice Club to promote abuse awareness and prevention. The club will sponsor a domestic and general abuse awareness seminar Oct. 21 in the Patio Café. For more information e-mail John Sanders at jrs0222@uamont.edu.

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