Lasting legacies;

North Harford alumnus leads State Police Barrack in Bel Air as Lieutenant Commander


Lieutenant Commander Tim Mullin (right) standing with the American Legion’s Northern Central District Officer of the Year Award winner (middle). Photo Credit: Facebook, Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack

Malinah Jerscheid, Reporter

    Tim Mullin, a graduate of the North Harford High Class of 1994 and a third generation Maryland State Trooper, serves as the Lieutenant Commander of the Maryland State Police Barrack in Bel Air, Maryland. 

     Mullin, like his father, began his career by becoming a police cadet, a paid program offered to high school graduates who are not yet of age to enter the Police Academy.  He said he decided he wanted to become a State Trooper like his father and grandfather before him. 

      Mullin stated, “Since July of 1946 there has been a Mullin in the State Police. My grandfather influenced a lot of troopers that worked for him, that later became high ranking troopers and they spoke a lot of him.”  He added that his father was the State Police firearms instructor for the department and “a lot of people admired him.” 

       As commander, Mullin believes many troopers look to him for direction and guidance, and he said he is prepared and able to take on new challenges that are presented to him. Mullin said he is accustomed to change, as law enforcement has and continues to adapt to a new society. “Everything we do now as troopers is watched, everything is recorded, you are scrutinized a lot, which I think part of that is social media. The other day I was cleaning out a closet and found a note given to me by my grandfather on my graduation day from the Academy. He said, “you are always being watched.”, and that was twenty-three years ago.”  He added that this is even more true today. “I tell troopers to do the right thing for the right reason and act as if you are being recorded all of the time.” Mullin stated his favorite part of being a Commander is “influencing young troopers and directing them to become successful and keeping the proud tradition of the state police in the county alive.”