New cop hits the road
Constable Mulhall keen to keep Childers region’s road toll at zero
CHILDERS police officers will have more time to dedicate to cases with the addition of Constable Adam Mulhall.
A former highway patrol officer in Rockhampton, Const Mulhall started at Childers on Tuesday.
When the Town & Country caught up with the new face in town, the 38-year-old was still settling in to his new surroundings.
“I’ve been here now for about ... four hours so it hasn’t been too bad yet,” Const Mulhall said.
Before he joined the beat Mr Mulhall worked as a storeman in warehouses near Ipswich.
That all changed when he started a family, and a life enforcing the law beckoned.
“I just felt I wanted to be a better role model for my kids, and what better way than this,” Const Mulhall, who joined Queensland Police Service in 2009, said.
“I did general duties in Ipswich then moved up to Rockhampton, where I was in highway patrol. “I enjoyed it.” One of his goals at Childers is to try to ensure the road toll remains at zero.
“Fatigue is one of the worst,” Const Mulhall said.
“There’s a few bad spots but I want to see the toll stay at zero.
“In time I might have a few ideas to help that the others haven’t thought of yet, but we’ll see.”
Const Mulhall has already adapted to the slower pace of the Childers station, with more time for officers to spend on more issues.
He used a figure of “about 5%” of a region’s population police deal with, and when you compare his experience at Ipswich to Childers you can tell he is keen for the challenge.
“Down there it might be 5% of 750-odd thousand, here it might be 5% of about two or three thousand,” he said.
“We can deal with say five incidents a day here while in Ipswich it could be as high as 30.”
Childers officer-in-charge Sergeant Geoff Fay said the addition of Const Mulhall would help not only in the office, but on the beat and in operational matters.
“For us it means we can always have two officers to respond, which takes a lot of the load off each of us,” Sgt Fay said.
Sgt Fay said they were currently advertising for another officer, which would bring the station’s total to eight.
Away from work Const Mulhall said he was a keen fisherman, but at 38 said he was too old to jump into other organised sports.
Instead he uses his time away from work with his family.
“I don’t mind a bit of fishing here or there, and I might get up to the Burrum Classic at Easter,” he said.
NEWBY: Childers police officer Constable Adam Mulhall is a former Highway Patrol officer, and wants to ensure the road toll is kept at a minimum.