WALKING through the doors of the police academy at 18, Inspector Darren Somerville found his life calling at a young age and has never looked back.
This year, he celebrates a milestone - 30 years of continuous service.
Inspector Somerville's career has enabled him to travel and has earned him an illustrious and successful career within the police force.
Leading a one-man Criminal Investigation Branch in Cooktown was one of Inspector Somerville's career highlights from his time in the force.
"It was certainly a very interesting and challenging experience," he said.
"What I like about my job is the variety of work that I have been involved in and getting the opportunity to lead big teams."
Nambour, Cloncurry, Redcliffe, Cooktown, Gladstone in the mid-90s, Emerald and Rockhampton have all benefited from the experience of Inspector Somerville.
He returned to Gladstone six months ago.
"It is great to be back in Gladdy," he said.