The Mobile Police Department has named Griffin Mullinix the Officer of the Month for January 2019. Mullinix joined the department in September 2016, and is currently assigned to work patrol in the Third Precinct. For the month of January, he responded to 93 calls for service, backed on 65 other calls, and made four felony and 77 misdemeanor arrests.
According to his supervisor, Mullinix has shown himself to be an excellent officer who strives to deter crime through his diligent service. His efforts to be proactive have served the Mobile community well. Mullinix removed drugs and stolen guns off the streets and cleared several outstanding warrants. His notable calls include the following.
On Jan. 12, 2019, at approximately 11 p.m., Mullinix responded to a traffic hazard complaint at I-65 Service Road and Moffett Road. A man was sitting in his vehicle asleep at the traffic light. When Mullinix made contact with the driver, he had to wake him up. As the driver opened his car door, Mullinix could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Marijuana was found under the driver’s seat. The man was arrested for possession of marijuana second degree and issued a citation for revoked driver’s license.
Around 8 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2019, Mullinix stopped a vehicle at Ann St. and Caroline Ave. for having a switched tag. The driver of the vehicle was found to have three warrants for traffic violations. The driver gave consent for a vehicle search. Marijuana was found under the front passenger seat. The driver was arrested for possession of marijuana first degree due to a previous guilty plea of possession of marijuana second degree.
On Jan. 27, 2019, at approximately 7:45 p.m., Mullinix saw a vehicle with a tag that expired October 2017. He stopped the vehicle at Irvine Road and Pathway Place. The driver was found to have a warrant out of Chickasaw Police Department for speeding. He gave consent to have his vehicle searched. Mullinix discovered a digital scale and marijuana in the center console. There was loose marijuana under the driver’s seat. The driver was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana second degree.
A few days later, Jan. 31, 2019 around midnight, Mullinix stopped a suspicious vehicle at North Catherine St. and Government St. The vehicle had a switched tag. The driver of the vehicle was ran and came back with a warrant for unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle. When the driver and other occupants stepped out of the vehicle, Mullinix could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A plastic bag of marijuana and a handgun were found under the driver’s seat. The gun was determined stolen out of Birmingham Police Department. A second handgun was found under the front passenger seat, and was found stolen out of Mobile Police Department. The driver was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana second degree and no pistol permit along with his active warrant. The front seat passenger was charged with receiving stolen property fourth degree, no pistol permit, and an active warrant for certain persons forbidden to possess a firearm.
The Mobile Police Department will honor Mullinix at the Officer of the Month Luncheon held Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at noon. The luncheon will take place at the Azalea City Golf Course Club located at 1000 Gaillard Drive. The Midtown Optimist Club sponsors the luncheon.