Trudie Lusted and Mick Johnston have more than seven decades of policing experience between them.
The Tasmania Police officers joined the force in the mid '80s when paperwork was completed on typewriters, and the majority of those on the frontline were male.
During her time at the academy, a young Constable Lusted was one of six women in her course, out of 16 recruits.
She was stationed at Launceston after graduating, where she was one of only nine female officers.
Back then, there was a dedicated office for women, and female officers were often used to deal with victims of sexual assault, according to now First-Class Constable Lusted.
Reflecting back on her earlier days, she recalled running after crooks in her skirt and high heels, while carrying a handbag with her handcuffs and baton inside.
Fast forward nearly four decades, and First-Class Constable Lusted spends her days ensuring the criminals police catch get their just desserts in her current role as a police prosecutor in court.
Having worked in prosecutions since 1989, with a five-year stint in the coroner's office in between, First-Class Constable Lusted has sat in on countless cases including the 2003 inquest into the historic murder of Victoria Cafasso.
The 20-year-old Italian tourist was stabbed to death on Beaumaris Beach in broad daylight, five days after arriving in Tasmania in 1995, and to this day, nobody has been charged with her murder.
"The Cafasso inquest was very interesting, Don Jones was the Coroner at the time, and myself and Terry Reaney were the associates, and I actually examined a number of witnesses, and suspects as well," she recalled.
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While her role has remained the same, the way the court operates and how offenders are sentenced has evolved.
"Years ago more people were incarcerated, there are more chances given these day with the drug courts, and the mental health lists," she said.
One thing that has not changed though, is the amount of drink drivers ending up before a magistrate.
But now it's not only alcohol.
"These days the drug driving is probably a bit higher than the drink-driving cases," First-Class Constable Lusted said.
Dealing with drink drivers and illicit drug use is something Inspector Johnston also has plenty of experience with.
The country copper, currently based at St Helens, did a stint in traffic policing, but also spent a decade in drug policing.
"My heart over the years has been in drug policing, I have worked in that area as as a constable, a sergeant, an inspector ... I liked what you achieved, you would take drugs off the street, and anytime you take drugs off the street you reduce the availability and you reduce the harm on the community, so that has been the work I have enjoyed the most," he said.
First joining Tasmania Police in 1985 Inspector Johnston has watched the drug of choice change over the years.
"When I first started it was pretty much all cannabis, and then methamphetamine, and amphetamine in its early days," he said.
But it was during the later years of his drug policing career that a new substance would appear, and it would have a ripple effect not only on the broader community, but the role of policing.
That drug was ice.
"The world turned crazy," Inspector Johnston said.
"Ice can be highly addictive, there's no rationale in someone who is affected by ice, they are strong, they are violent, so I guess in my view that's been the biggest change with ice, the impact on frontline police who are having to deal with people affected by ice day in and day out," Inspector Johnston said.
And while police continue to target ice and other drugs daily, it is something that is not going away, he said.
"I think drugs are a part of our community and are going to be for a long time, I don't think we can ever eliminate it, even if you got rid of all the illicit drugs, people still misuse licit drugs and cause harm. I suppose we will always have work to do in that space, there's a level of frustration in that but at the same time it's an opportunity to do good."
Seeing the devastating impact addiction has on the community was just one of the many challenges Inspector Johnston has faced throughout his career.
Another challenge, has been attending fatal and serious road crashes.
"I went to my first fatal when I was at the academy," he said.
"They are unfortunately a regular part of our work.
"I have done plenty of notifications over the years, and for me what has worked best is being able to externalise it and keep it not a part of me, to do the job and do it with compassion, but to keep it external as much as you can. And we have great support mechanisms in place to help you deal with the trauma."
For both Inspector Johnston and First-Class Constable Lusted, one of the more frustrating parts of the job was when an investigation was not solved, or when someone they believed was guilty walked free from court.
An example for Inspector Johnston was the 2006 murder of John Lewis Thorn at Lake Leake.
The killer, Stephen Roy Standage, was charged in 2010, but it was after Inspector Johnston left the Criminal Investigation Branch.
"That was probably my most disappointing one, in the time I had carriage of that investigation we couldn't finish it, it's done now and it was a great outcome, but for me it was a personal disappointment not to be able to clear that matter," he said.
"You get close to the families, you learn a lot about them, you become a part of their life and they become a part of yours so you want to give them closure."
And now with more than 70 years on the job between them, both officers have seen the same offenders turning up in handcuffs, and before the courts, time and time again - another frustrating aspect of the role.
"You see families come through, you start off with kids, and then they grow up and have kids and those kids are in court," First-Class Constable Lusted said.
"You know the names, and there are certain family names you get to become aware of over the years."
But despite dealing with repeat offenders, and being exposed to horrific crimes daily, both First-Class Constable Lusted and Inspector Johnston have no regrets.
"You hear people talk about the blue family, and it is a family, it is your second family, we are very good at looking after our own," Inspector Johnston said.
To mark their decades of service, First-Class Constable Lusted and Inspector Johnston will receive their National Medal Second Clasp - 35 years on Tuesday during a ceremony in Launceston.
More than 230 current and retired police and DPFEM staff are being recognised for a combination of National Medals, National Police Service Medals and clasps during this year's Medals and Awards Ceremonies across the state.
Tasmania Police Commissioner Darren Hine said the recipients had demonstrated a consistently high standard of work performance, along with high standards of personal and professional conduct.
"These awards are a chance for me to say thank you for the work that our police officers and State Service Employees do. It's these people who provide invaluable assistance in our mission to keep our communities safe," Commissioner Hine said.