J. Patrick (Pat) Murphy
President, LPT Security Consulting
Nationwide availability. Based in Houston, Texas.
I grew up as an “Air Force Brat” and traveled extensively with my family. When my dad retired, Shreveport, Louisiana was home. I think every relative we had lived there.
I went to Louisiana Tech University and graduated in 1975 with a double major in Criminology and Spanish. I wanted to be a police officer and applied to many departments across the US. I was finally hired by the Dallas Police Department in 1976 and assigned to South Dallas as a patrol officer. Although we had a 16 week academy, it really didn’t prepare me for life in the toughest part of the city. I learned fast and loved every minute.
I was told about an opportunity with Sears in their Security Department and the pay and benefits were far better than I had. Besides, I felt I wasn’t going to get shot at inside the venerable Sears Roebuck. The corporate world became my path and thus began a 10 year career with Sears. I grew in responsibilities over the years and was ultimately responsible for managing the stores in the Houston market and their Loss Prevention staffs as well. When Sears started experiencing heavy competition from other major retailers, my position was becoming tentative. That is when I found a career-changing company, Eckerd Drugs. Eckerd was a retail drug chain similar to Walgreen’s. My job was focused on the financial and operational aspects of retail loss prevention and security for the eventual 3000 store chain. Our department was a business partner to Senior Management to save profit due to losses. The job was complex and my learning curve seemed like a very long time. Over the next 12 years, however, I became an expert at operating a business, creating policy and procedures, and creating training programs for 70,000 employees. Eckerd, like Sears, saw fierce competition and was eventually bought out, first by JC Penney and later, as the company closed, by CVS.
I started my own company as a consultant and eventually as an expert witness because I never again wanted to be an employee in the cross hairs of unemployment. Starting my company was more difficult than I imagined as, unfortunately, I hung out my shingle three weeks before 9-11. My background was not a hot item for some time. Life changed dramatically when I was approached by an attorney to serve as an expert witness. I had no idea what that was! I was awful…a rookie once again.
I’ve learned my craft through intensive study and some very caring clients who helped me hone my skills. I’ve even learned a great deal from opposing experts. One in particular, Dr. Merlyn Moore, is a dual protagonist-close friend. In Texas, he is the foremost defense expert in security cases. At this writing some 15 years have quickly gone by and I am still the proverbial student but that education is shared with all of my clients to assist them in the best possible way.
I have applied a life time of investigative skills to my work and produce far more than just an opinion. I bring the facts, not theory, to support my opinions. I am brutally honest with my clients and their cases but, I must say, I balance everything with a great deal of humor. I have to. The gravity of litigation can be overwhelming.
My experience spans more than 40 years but my business acumen has always served me in more ways than by my life in security. You have to know how corporations work to get to the details of their security programs. That is the key to success.
Ultimately, all of the experience aside, my family has supported me throughout. Without that, the rest is unimportant.
- Apartment Properties
- Bars and Night Clubs
- Shopping Centers, Malls, Convenience Stores, Pharmacy
- Retail Loss Prevention
- Alarm Systems
- Security Guards, Retail Loss Prevention, Bouncers
His background also includes:
- Contributing author for the text book, “Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention. An Encyclopedic Reference.”.
- Frequent resource for magazines, trade journals and media outlets.
- University lecturer with University of Florida (Dr. Richard Hollinger) and Sam Houston State University (Dr. Merlyn (Doug) Moore)
- Adjunct instructor for the Houston Police Academy.
- Guest lecturer for business and civic organizations including the Houston Apartment Association and Texas Apartment Association Education Conference 2010.
Security Expert Witness J. Patrick Murphy is listed with international and professional directories under the following: Negligent Security Expert, Crime and Loss Prevention, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design CPTED, Inadequate Premises Security Liability, Security Officer Negligence, Retail Loss Prevention and Asset Protection, Expert Witness Security, Security Procedures Development, Security Awareness Programs, Security Training, Foreseeability Analysis, Security Systems Consultant, Apartment Security.
LPT Security Consulting
30830 Raleigh Creek Dr.
Tomball, Texas 77375
Mr. Murphy is listed on several expert witness services and security consultant directories including the Forensic Expert Witness Association (www.forensic.org), the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA www.tasanet.com ), Intota (www.intota.com), and the Roundtable Group (www.roundtablegroup.com).