Mr Murphy was appointed to Superintendent in 2008 and to Commander in 2011. He then went on to become Assistant Commissioner in 2017 and was then appointed to Deputy Commissioner Operations in 2018.
Mr Murphy has been awarded the National Medal, the NT Police Service Medal and the Remote Service Ribbon. He was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2018 for his distinguished service and his ability to shape strategic thinking.
Mr Murphy has a Diploma in Public Safety, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Strategic Management from Charles Darwin University and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management from the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) and has completed the AIPM Australian New Zealand Leadership Strategy.
Mr Murphy is also a member of the Board of Management for the NT Police Legacy.