NOT many can say they started their policing career in the middle of a global pandemic, but one Leeton constable can lay claim to that.
Constable Ar'e Abera started working in Leeton after recently graduating from the NSW Police Academy.
It has certainly been a different way to begin a career, but it's been a challenge Constable Abera said he was enjoying.
"There's a lot to take on board, I'm glad the academy prepared me well with my training and now it's all about connecting all of those dots," he said.
"The training is the tip of the iceberg, but now being in the role I'm certainly learning so much.
"Every day is different."
Constable Abera is familiar with the region having lived in Griffith before signing up to become a police officer.
He worked as a teacher's aid at a primary school before deciding to completely change his career course.
For Constable Abera though there are similarities between the two roles.
"I have always enjoyed helping people, so I'm still getting to do that," he said.
"Becoming a police officer is always something I have wanted to do.
"I want to help and I want our communities to be safe."
Having lived in Griffith, securing a position in the Murrumbidgee Police District was always at the forefront of Constable Abera's mind.
Having been assigned to Leeton, it's a place he now happily calls home.
The days on the job have so far been varied in the many situations Leeton police have to deal with, as well as ongoing training on the job.
"There hasn't been a quiet day so far," Constable Abera said.
"I'm just trying to learn as much as I possibly can."
Murrumbidgee Police District Inspector Justin Cornes was pleased to have Constable Abera join the ranks in Leeton.
"Regional policing is certainly different to metropolitan policing ... out here you live in the community you police," he said.
"So, it's very much community policing, which I think is a skill set every police officer should experience.
"You get to experience plenty and you do become part of the community as well."