Meet the Chief & Deputy Chief

Police Chief
Chief of Police, right and Deputy Chief of Police

Meet the Chief

Hello, my name is Dan Murphy and I have the honor of serving as the Chief of Police for the Village of Hillside. Located in the heart of the western suburbs of Chicago, the Hillside Police Department handles approximately 20,000 calls for service annually which we strive to handle in a professional, effective, and transparent manner. The mission of the Hillside Police Department is to protect and serve our residents, business residents, and visitors to our community by enforcing the law in a fair and impartial manner. A mission I, along with the entire department, work hard to accomplish each and every day.

I understand we cannot succeed in this mission alone and need a strong relationship with those we serve. That is why partnering with the community is a priority for myself as well as the department. We hold regular community awareness meetings, partner with local schools, and being actively involved in events within the village are just a few of the ways in which we build a relationship with members of the community.

The structure of the Hillside Police Department consists of one Chief of Police, a Deputy Chief, and three patrol shifts each guided by a Patrol Sergeant. In addition to general patrol and police responses, we have an Investigations Division that is able to handle any type of criminal investigation. The department also has a Records Division that maintains all official reports and records. Lastly, but equally as important, is our state-of-the-art Dispatch and Communications Division that currently serves our police and fire departments along with the Village of Westchester’s police and fire departments.

I strongly believe that education and training is an important part of the Hillside Police Department. Most of our officers hold at least a bachelor’s degree, and some even have attained master’s degrees in fields relating to law enforcement and community planning and development. All Hillside Police Officers receive monthly training and attend various training seminars on a regular basis. Many of our officers have become State of Illinois Certified Juvenile Officers. This allows our officers the opportunity to work alongside youth within and outside of our community.

Thank you for allowing me to take this opportunity to introduce myself along with the men and women of the Hillside Police Department,

Daniel J. Murphy
Chief of Police

Meet the Deputy Chief

Hello, my name is Laith Ibrahim and I am proud to serve the Village of Hillside as the Deputy Chief of Police. I have been with the Hillside Police Department since 1997 and before being appointed to Deputy Chief in 2022 I was a Patrol Sergeant for over 15 years. I am responsible for the overall operation and administration of the department, and I assist the Chief of Police in his job as the chief executive of the department. We believe in having a transparent, effective, and professional department and work every day to fulfill that mission.

Improving how the police serves the community has been a priority for this department and we are always looking for ways to improve how we help the residents, businesses, and other members of our community. Being active within the community helps us to identify ways we can do this. That is why you will see myself, the Chief, or other members of the department participating in events in the community regularly. Feel free to approach us, whether it is to say hi and have a friendly conversation, or because you have a concern you feel we should know about.

In addition to my over 25 years of law enforcement experience I also hold a master’s degree in public policy and administration. This educational experience helps me work with other leaders in the Village to improve the Police Department in areas beyond public safety. We work to improve fiscal management and administrative procedures to ensure we are using public funds in the most responsible way possible. Effective services provided in a fiscally efficient manner should be the goal of all public agencies and the Village of Hillside takes this goal very seriously.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and allowing me to introduce myself. Maybe someday I will have the opportunity to do so in person,

Laith Ibrahim
Deputy Chief of Police