CVG Police Chief Tapped for Top Position in International Association

September 4, 2013 — The police chief at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport has been named president of the Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network, an international association of airport law enforcement agencies.

Chief Kevin Murphy has been appointed president for Airport Law Enforcement Agencies Network (ALEAN). ALEAN’s membership includes more than 100 U.S. airports and numerous international associate members in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Many governmental law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, INTERPOL, U.S. Secret Service and federal regulatory agencies from around the world also hold adjunct membership.


“I’m honored to hold this position and excited to serve an organization dedicated to the delivery of professional law enforcement and aviation security,” Murphy said. “I consider it recognition of the great work by my team and the other professionals here at CVG.”


Murphy began working with CVG’s police department in 1992 and was named chief in 2005. He is a graduate of Wilmington College and is currently president of the Northern Kentucky Police Chief’s Association.  Murphy is a graduate of the 201st class of the FBI National Academy, the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection Class and the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training School of Strategic Leadership.


“We always say an airport is like a small city and Chief Murphy and his department do a tremendous job of ensuring the safety of the people who come to and from the airport,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer of CVG. “We are proud that a prestigious organization such as ALEAN has recognized what a top-notch professional he is, and I would expect him to make immediate contributions to ALEAN’s mission.”


Started in 1988, ALEAN works to influence national and international policies and procedures for strengthening the safety and security of commercial aviation. The organization considers one of its most important roles to be the development and delivery of critical training programs for airport police agencies.


Over the years ALEAN has played a significant role in ensuring a successful 1994 World Cup Soccer Tournament in the United States, developed a model partnership with the federal government with the National Explosives Detection Canine Program, managed the airport community’s post 9-11 law

enforcement response, initiated a national aviation law enforcement benchmarking project, put in place a vital real time electronic intelligence sharing network for airport criminal investigators and an administrative information sharing network, helped local agencies develop and share model best practices programs, and assisted with the development and integration of public policy related to aviation law enforcement.


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