Meet the new probationary officers serving Campbelltown

Ready to protect and serve: Constable Justyn Schwarze, Constable Joel Haberley, Constable Luke Westall, Constable Matthew West and Constable Louise Polese. Picture: Chris Lane
Ready to protect and serve: Constable Justyn Schwarze, Constable Joel Haberley, Constable Luke Westall, Constable Matthew West and Constable Louise Polese. Picture: Chris Lane

Five newbies have joined the thin blue line protecting Campbelltown.

Constables Joel Haberley, Matthew West, Louise Polese, Luke Westall and Justyn Schwarze are the newest recruits at the Campbelltown City Police Area Command.

The probationary officers are five of the 234 new officers to join the police force in NSW.

Four of the five also live in the Macarthur region.

Constable Joel Haberley joined the boys in blue because of a family connection.

“I grew up around the police force – my dad was a cop,” he said.

“It’s always something I’ve wanted to do. I’m following in his footsteps.”

The 20-year-old former St Gregory’s College student, whose favourite police movie is End of Watch, has found his first few weeks on the job “really good” and would one day love to be a part of the chaos and “crash and bash” of the Riot Squad.

He hopes children will view him as someone they can “go to for help” and look up to as an idol.

Fellow St Greg’s graduate Constable Matthew West said he went into policing for the variety it offered.

“It’s a new job every day,” the 22-year-old said.

“I’m interested in trying all different areas of policing – maybe I could be a detective.”

His first few weeks on the job taught him “how quickly things can escalate” during a call-out.

“It can go from calm to crazy at the drop of a hat,” he said.

Constable Louise Polese, who, like Constable West, counts Brooklyn Nine-Nine as her favourite police program, was also attracted by the excitement of the job.

“There was never another career path for me,” she said.

“You can’t tell how a job is going to turn out – some could last for 10 minutes and some for a few hours.”

Constable Polese hopes to find a career in plainclothes policing.

Constable Luke Westall, another graduate of St Greg’s, joined the force after trying his hand at another career.

“I did a trade straight out of school, for about 13 years,” he said.

“But I wanted to do something different with my life.

“It’s all been good so far.”

The 34-year-old said it was great to serve the community he calls home.

He hopes to be a friendly face for the kids of Macarthur.

“Give us a wave when you see us around,” he said.

Constable Justyn Schwarze is the final fresh face serving the area.

The 25-year-old went in to policing to help the community.

“In this job you really see people at their most vulnerable, their lowest states, and you get to help them,” he said.

“I get to serve the community more than I would have in any other role.”

Constable Schwarze’s favourite police movie is comedy Hot Fuzz.

His biggest surprise in his first few weeks was the level of caffeination associated with the job.

“The most unexpected thing has been just how much coffee cops drink.”