40 years in policing


St George's Hall
21st June 2016 18:45 - 21:00

Merseyside's Police Commissioner will be among the dignitaries attending a lecture by the Chief Constable reflecting on 40 years in policing.

Jane Kennedy is among the invited guests to attend the evening event hosted by Liverpool John Moores University at Liverpool's St George's Hall as part of their series of Roscoe Lectures.

Sir Jon, who joined Merseyside Police as cadet and has served at every rank up to Chief Constable, announced in January he would be retiring in June. After nearly six years as Merseyside's most senior police office, he will leave the Force on June 30th.

His lecture"Leading a Force for Good through Stormy Waters - A Reflection on a 40 Year career in Policing (with time off for good behaviour)" will reflect on his long and successful career as one of the UK's most well-regarded officers.

Sir Jon has been commended on 14 occasions, received the Queen’s Police Medal in 2007 and was knighted in 2014.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:“During his outstanding career Sir Jon has been involved in modernising and improving the way policing is delivered both in Merseyside and across Britain.

“He has carried responsibility for national and international police operations and has been a regular and valued adviser to Ministers at the highest level in government. He has been at the forefront of tackling gun and gang crime and, throughout his time as Chief Constable he has steered Merseyside Police through one of the service’s most challenging periods due to unprecedented cutbacks in their budget.

“Sir Jon is rightly recognised as one of the country’s most respected and highly regarded police officers. We are fortunate to have benefitted from the services of a leader of such quality for so long.

“Quite simply, he is a first class Chief Constable.

“I thank Sir Jon Murphy wholeheartedly for his service to policing and to the people of Merseyside. I am sorry that his time has come to leave us but I wish him every success in his future endeavours and good health and happiness in his retirement.”

After joining as a cadet, Sir Jon had uniform roles in Toxteth and Liverpool, during which time he was on the frontline of the 1981 Toxteth riots. He then spent almost 20 years in CID, rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent SIO, before returning to uniform duties as Force Operations Manager.

Sir Jon left Merseyside in 2001 to join the National Crime Squad as Assistant Chief Constable, Head of Operations, helping establish the first European Joint Investigation Team, before returning to the region in 2004 as Deputy Chief Constable.

Since being appointed as Chief Constable, Sir Jon has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Police Federation National Detective Forum, been voted Mersey Region Public Sector Leader of the Year and been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Liverpool John Moores University.

The Roscoe Lecture series was founded by Professor Lord David Alton of Liverpool in November 1997 to provide an open platform for debate on topics of public interest.

Today, the Roscoe lectures are one of Britain’s largest public lecture series and regularly attract audiences of over 800 people to talks in some of the City of Liverpool’s greatest buildings – including the magnificent St. George’s Hall. 

Since 1997, the University has hosted over 120 lectures encompassing a variety of themes, subjects and viewpoints that make the Roscoe Lectures a symbol of plurality and respect for difference.  The lectures are named after William Roscoe, best known for his trenchant opposition to slavery, but also a passionate advocate for education for all and one of the founders of the small college that evolved into Liverpool John Moores University.

The series has attracted a range of eminent and distinguished speakers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, HRH Prince of Wales, The Presidents of Ireland and Ghana, and LJMU’s Chancellor, Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson.

Tickets to the lecture are free, but must be booked in advance here.

Find out more about the Roscoe Lecture Series here.