Rodd Carroll has stepped out of the station and into court
RODD Carroll is used to investigating high profile murders in Mackay, but the former CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant has stepped out of the police station and into the Mackay Court House to work with the Mackay Coroner.
Mr Carroll has taken on the new position of coronial support officer, investigative liaison, which was created by the Queensland Government, Justice Department and Queensland Police Service to provide investigative assistance to the Coroner, with the hope of creating a more efficient coronial system.
This week, he sat down with the Daily Mercury to discuss his new role and the challenges ahead.
Q. Are you excited about your new role?
Certainly, the new role offers numerous challenges but numerous opportunities as well to create efficiencies in the coronial process, which I think ultimately will be better for the people involved - mainly the families and also the community as a whole.
Q. Do you hope your new role will help bring speedier outcomes to families?
Most definitely. This is a whole-of-government approach, by the Queensland Government to bring more efficiency into the coronial process.
The ultimate goal is that we have a more streamlined and efficient process to get what needs to be done by law - get it done and hopefully that will make things easier on families.
Q. Was it hard to say goodbye to your old role?
Investigating has been a role I've been doing for a long time now - the better part of 20 years - and it was very difficult to let go of.
We have a very good office there, a very good bunch of detectives in the Mackay District and they do a wonderful job, and I was proud to be the officer-in-charge.
I'm really proud of the effort that was put in by our people in that office in the last few years under a heavy workload and difficult conditions. This effort was duly recognised by our regional hierarchy.
Q. You're the first person in Mackay to have this role, how does that make you feel?
It's exciting to be offered the opportunity. I've already identified things that I think we can improve and I'm excited to be a part of an improving process and solutions.
Q. You've worked on some very high profile cases over the past five years, including Shandee Blackburn and Timothy Pullen. Is it hard to walk away from unsolved cases like Shandee Blackburn's murder?
Absolutely. Again it comes back to families. The main reason we want to see a result is for that family. I've become quite close with the Blackburn family and I speak with Shandee's mother Vicki on a regular basis.
They're good people and it's about getting a result for them.
Hopefully there may be something in this new role that I'm doing that may be able to assist them in that investigation and still be a part of it, but yes it's tough to walk away from.
Maybe fresh eyes are a good thing too.