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New batch: Seven new police officers started at Campbelltown Police Area Command this week. Picture: Jess Layt

 New batch: Seven new police officers started at Campbelltown Police Area Command this week. Picture: Jess Layt

There’s seven fresh faces on the force at Campbelltown Police Area Command this week – and they can’t wait to get to work.

The latest recruits from the NSW Police academy started their careers as probationary constables in Campbelltown on Monday.

For Constable Josh Neville, joining the thin blue line was a family calling.

“My father has been in the force for 30 plus years,” he said.

“I’m keen to get into our general duties work.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the area and help the local community.”

The 30-year-old make the switch to policing after trying a couple of other different career paths.

“I worked in construction (road maintenance) and operations manager roles,” he said.

“I was looking for something more than the normal nine to five grind.”

Constable Neville said he found the academy “challenging, but incredibly rewarding”.

Constable Cheri Osborn was also attracted to policing from a completely different field.

“I was a student learning support officer for students with special needs, and a disability support worker,” she said.

“I wanted to further experience assisting the community and seek to actively help the vulnerable and youths in the community.”

The 21-year-old said she had always loved helping others, which is what drew her to policing.

She is excited by the opportunities on offer as a local police officer, and encourages anyone else considering a career switch to give it a go.

“The academy can be a challenging period, but also very fun and rewarding,” Constable Osborn said.

“If you are looking to join the police, apply. The academy has a wide range of great and very helpful staff who want to see you succeed.

“If you are thinking about it, definitely give it a go.”

Constable Joshua O’Riordan comes to policing after serving his community in other ways.

“I have been involved in my community for a long time through my local RFS, and love supporting my community,” he said.

“I was a youth and disability support worker as well.

“I’m most looking forward to meeting the community and developing relationships with the public.”

Constable O’Riordan has his eye on a role with Highway Patrol or work as a police youth liaison.

Youth work also appeals to Constable Tarah Zwaan.

The 24-year-old likes the idea of working with young people and the Aboriginal community as she fulfills her policing career.

“I’ve always wanted to join to help the community and work with youths,” she said.

“I worked at a law firm and enjoyed the legal process, but wanted to be on the other side of it.”

Constable Zwaan said the academy gave her a “tough first few weeks” but was overall “a great experience – I’ll have friends for life”.

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