It is a career that has taken him to some of the world's more troubled locations and had him protecting some of Australia's highest profile citizens.
Wagga resident Mathieu Nolte spent 14 years with the Australian Federal Police in protection, a career he is proud to talk about.
Now, in the lead-up to National Police Remembrance Day, his career has been cemented in history.
Mr Nolte explained the AFP's leading roles are to police Commonwealth law, contribute to combating complex, transnational, serious and organised crime impacting Australia's national security and to protect Commonwealth interests from illegal activity in Australia and overseas.
He said this also included protecting designated commonwealth establishment, dignitary and diplomatic protection and armed counter terrorism first response at designated establishments
"I have travelled with them throughout the Pacific as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, as well as Christmas island and locations throughout Australia," Mr Nolte said.
"The overseas deployment involved teaching and training with other police forces, which was a great highlight.
"I was also an operational safety trainer. I conducted public order management training, previously known as the riot squad, so that was training riot police."
Mr Nolte said his ambitions to become a member of the AFP started when he was working in private security.
"I thought it was the pinnacle of law enforcement and it would be great to be a part of a national approach to crime prevention and protection," he said.
Mr Nolte said mental health is a massive issue for those who are frontline responders.
He added this included firefighters, paramedics, volunteers and not just police.
"However for police, the trauma is not just seeing and dealing with major incidents, it goes deeper than that," he said.
"There are also the investigations and notification of the next of kin."
Mr Nolte said investigating sex crimes and human trafficking which can be confronting to those officers involved in such investigations.
"The need for health and wellbeing services are being acknowledged as something that needs improving," he said.
"All emergency services are learning from each other on how to improve our mental health."
Mr Nolte said there were plenty of highlights in career, one of which was being in dignitary protection.
"So that is guests of government such as royal guests and presidential visits," he said.
"I was involved in uniform protection and have performed the role of station manager at the Prime Minister's lodge."
The 30th anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day to honour Australia's police forces has been marked with a coloured $2 commemorative coin by the Royal Australian Mint.
An image of Mr Nolte has been used on the cover of the coin pocket, an honour which he is proud of he said.
"It is nice to know I have become a part of history in a way," he said.
National Police Remembrance Day is held every year on September 29 to remember police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The significance of the date is the Feast of St Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police and peacemakers.
Mr Nolte said the observance of National Police Remembrance Day grants police the opportunity to commemorate their fallen colleagues and ensure their legacies are preserved; enable family members to grieve and honour their lost loved ones; and act as a reminder to the public of the ultimate price that police might be called upon to pay, as they protect and serve the Australian people.
The anniversary of National Police Remembrance Day has been marked with a coloured $2 commemorative coin by the Royal Australian Mint.
Police Federation of Australia CEO, Scott Weber, said the coin serves as an everyday reminder of the sacrifices made by all the members of the nation's police forces.
"It's a way that we pay tribute to the families, the colleagues and the members that have been gone before," he said.
"When you do use that coin and when you do look at that coin, remember the police officers that are out there on the street right now keeping you safe."