When Jeremy Mulroy graduated from Hortonville High School in 2008, he really didn’t know why he chose criminal justice as a career path he would pursue. He just knew it was a natural fit.
“It was a job that I thought would be awesome, because it’s different every day,” said Mulroy.
“I’ve always liked the idea of helping people, and as I got older I really enjoyed being a positive role model for kids.”
Although Mulroy did not have any family members before him in the line of police work, he did have a mentor he looked up to who happened to be a police officer.
While he was in seventh grade at St. Mary’s Middle School in Greenville, Mulroy met Outagamie County Sheriff Deputy Shaun Oligney, who was the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) instructor at the school.
He recalls, “That was an awesome class. It was interesting and I really liked him as a teacher.”
Mulroy got to know Oligney further through an uncle who farmed.
“I ended up getting to know Shaun really well, helping him on his farm and working with him,” said Mulroy. “I’d ask him questions about law enforcement if I had them, and he was just a good guy to go to when ever I had anything going on, not just career related.”
Mulroy said that having Oligney as a positive role model may have been the factor that influenced his interest in law enforcement.
After high school Mulroy attended Fox Valley Technical Collage where he received his Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 2010.
After graduation he was hired as a dispatcher with the New London Police Department where he served over a year.
He was also hired as a part-time officer in Black Creek, and soon afterward worked another job as a transport deputy for Outagamie County.
“At one point I was working three part-time jobs and I finally got hired full-time in the City of Waupaca last May,” said Mulroy.
He soon realized that he had made the right career choice.
“I loved it, and I loved night shift,” explained Mulroy. “There’s always something new going on. That was always appealing to me,” he said.
“There’s not really a day that goes by where I regret doing what I’m doing,” said Mulroy.
He enjoys working with juveniles and being a positive role model for them regardless if he’s in his police uniform or coaching them on the playing field.
“I always feel good if I can pull a young person aside and talk to them one-on-one and get a feel for what’s going on in their life,” he said.
“My wife and I both love kids,” explained Mulroy.
He married his high school sweetheart Ericka, in July 2013. The couple is expecting a baby later this summer.
“The baby is due two days before our first anniversary,” reports Mulroy. “We’re both excited. We wanted to have kids right away.”
When he’s not in uniform he enjoys working out at the gym, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and “pretty much anything outdoors.”
Mulroy was officially sworn in on April 30th as New London’s newest police officer. He feels fortunate that he had an opportunity to get to know some of his fellow officers while working dispatch for NLPD.
“This is the department I’ve been wanting to get into ever since I graduated from school,” said Mulroy. “It took two years and I’m glad I’m finally here.”
He will be in training with fellow officers for the next three months before going out on his own.
New London Police Chief Jeff Schlueter said Mulroy was currently on the department’s eligibility list from their last hiring process.
“Jeremy is about as good as it gets. He’s top notch,” explained Chief Schlueter.
There were 180 applicants applying for one job in the department’s last hiring process.
“We’ve been very fortunate. We’re getting some really good quality applicants which gives us really the pick of the litter,” said Schlueter. “It’s kind of like asking ourselves which of the best are going to take.”
New London currently has 18 sworn police officers on the Department, however that number will drop back down to 17 on June 2, when veteran Capt. Jay Zemple retires.