Murphy Police Department Welcomes New Officer

Murphy Police Department Welcomes New Officer

Brandon Ozuna was sworn in as an officer of Murphy Police Department on Nov. 26. Ozuna is a 25-year-old Murphy resident who grew up in Arkansas before attending high school in Howe, Texas. He and his wife have two children, Waylon and Paisley, and are thrilled to begin the next chapter of their lives in Murphy. Ozuna explained, “My uncle, John Grant, worked for Murphy Police Department for 18 months. He’s been working at the fire department for 11 years now. He said the people are great down here and the department has wonderful benefits and retirement. That’s what drew me to Murphy.”

Ozuna’s career began at Howe Police Department after attending Texoma Regional Police Academy in Grayson County. He served the community for almost four years and will cherish those memories. “My favorite part about being a police officer is serving the community. There are so many people I get to meet and spend time with,” Ozuna explained. “Being able to go out there every day and help someone solve a problem is intriguing to me. When someone can’t handle a certain situation in their life, officers are there to help them get through it. It’s great to be able to give advice on what I’ve experienced throughout my career.” 

There are many challenges that come with being a police officer, but Ozuna credits the high quality of training that helps him each day on the job. “Officers are trained to be able to make split second decisions while in the academy and on the job. No matter how extensive officers are trained, each situation is different. Whether you are going to one domestic call or another, they are all going to be different,” Ozuna explained. “There will be different people with different variables in every situation. You have to be a fast thinker when you are on the scene. Officers immediately assess the situation to see what’s going on, then use all of the options available at that moment in time. It will never be the same from one situation to the next.” 

He went on to say, “The most challenging part about being a police officer is having to see people at their worst. Most of the time when I worked in Howe, I would see people I graduated with or people that I knew their grandparents and similar situations like that. In Murphy, that’s not going to be such a problem because I’m coming from an outside perspective. I don’t know too many people down here. Seeing people at their worst and feeling for them is definitely challenging.” 

Ozuna realized long ago that it’s not about speed chases and catching bank robbers. The job of an officer is to help people within the community with everyday problems. He hopes many young men and women thinking of a career in law enforcement will accept the challenge. Ozuna said, “My advice to anyone considering being a police officer is to make sure it’s what you really want to do. Being a police officer is a little different than what I originally thought. It is a challenging job that’s tough, but if it’s where your heart is, you’re not going to want to do anything else. The job of an officer is very rewarding and extremely humbling. I’m excited to be here to serve the citizens of Murphy.”

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