PLAIN clothes officer Senior Constable Andrew Van Bruinessen was named Police Officer of the Year during this year's Police Officer of the Year awards at Club Marconi on June 26.
Senior Constable Van Bruinessen was nominated after he helped put a distressed pensioner at ease by arresting and charging a person, near her house, with several drug-related offences.
"It's an honour and privilege to be presented with this award," Senior Constable Van Bruinessen said.
Fairfield's commander Superintendent Peter Lennon said he was very proud of his officer.
"Andrew has grown into a caring and professional police officer since he started here in 2008," he said.
"He fits in well with Fairfield because he genuinely cares for our community and understands the responsibility he has in standing up for people who can't stand up for themselves — he has the power to work for people and solve their issues when he sees laws being broken.
"This is exactly what he did in this case of public recognition.
"I am very proud of the work that Andrew and his fellow officers do, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — my staff are awesome."
Senior constable Van Bruinessen is urging the community to engage with his station's confidential information answering machine.
"If people have information but want to remain anonymous, they can call 9728 8444 and leave a message in any language," he said.
"Our motto is 'We Are You' so it's important people know that even though we are police officers, we are still part of the community."
Cabramatta's Detective Senior Constable Aaron Turner was the other big winner on the night, receiving the public award.