‘ Su­per­mum’ a hero to daugh­ter

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Nathan Paull

ACT I NG S e r g e a n t S h a r o n Thor­burn is a real-life su­per­mum – fight­ing crime by day and study­ing for a mas­ters de­gree by night, while be­ing a mother of five.

That is why her daugh­ter Sarah, 23, has nom­i­nated her for the Townsville Bul­letin North Queens­land Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year Award.

Sarah said she was amazed by how her mother jug­gled her com­mit­ment to help­ing the com­mu­nity while car­ing for her fam­ily at the same time.

‘‘ I re­mem­ber sitting there one night and a young boy came in who had been beaten black and blue and she was there mak­ing him feel loved and cared for, tak­ing his mind off it all,’’ Sarah said.

But Sgt Thor­burn yes­ter­day said her pas­sion was help­ing t h o s e wi t h ment a l h e a l t h is­sues, which she now has a taste for while fill­ing in as a men­tal health co-or­di­na­tor and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence li­ai­son of­fi­cer. She is also com­plet­ing a mas­ters d e g r e e i n men­tal health.

Sgt Thor­burn said she had al­ways wanted to be a po­lice of­fi­cer, but now wanted to fo­cus on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween men­tal health and crime.

‘‘ A lot of our in­ci­dents in crime and even do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are re­lated some­how to men­tal health is­sues and I just see it as a ma­jor cause of prob­lems,’’ she said.

This year’s NQ Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year will re­ceive a fam­ily hol­i­day val­ued at $ 4000 and a watch from Loloma Jew­ellers. The win­ning of­fi­cer’s sta­tion will re­ceive a cof­fee ma­chine, while the per­son who nom­i­nated the of­fi­cer will win an iPod.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made be­fore April 2 by log­ging on to www. townsville­bul­letin. com. au.

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