New cop hits the road

Con­sta­ble Mul­hall keen to keep Childers re­gion’s road toll at zero

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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