Cameron Hardiman joined the Victoria Police at eighteen years old and served over 32 years in policing. First with Victoria Police and then with the Australian Federal Police. Most of his time with Victoria Police was as an air observer with the Police Air Wing. He eventually joined the Australian Federal Police and served overseas missions that included Solomon Islands and Timor Leste. He then transferred into an investigations role, beginning with general crime, then people smuggling operations and eventually counter terrorism.