WA Police have recognised the best of its police force, celebrating the achievements of its officers.
The police force acknowledged the best individual officer and team in its WA Police Excellence Awards as a testament to the work of WA Police.
“We strive to make this an exceptional police force,” Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.
“It’s important to recognise and reward those officers and teams who are doing an excellent job each day.”
Officer in Charge of Mundijong Police Station Senior Sergeant Darryl Brandis won the individual category, recognising his dedication to the Mundijong community.
Affectionately known as “Brando”, Snr Sgt Brandis received multiple nominations from colleagues, who described him as a strong leader and role model for junior officers.
He has been recognised for his empathy towards crime victims, in particular the family of elderly man Ian Collett, who went missing earlier this year.
The family of Mr Collett wanted to recognise him for his effort even though the search resulted in tragedy.
“Being nominated was very special, as part of the big team I was in, it was very special to be nominated,” Snr Sgt Brandis said.
“I thought I was a winner, just turning up here today so I didn’t really need to win that to make anything of that.
Meanwhile, the Mental Health Co-Response team from the Custodial Services and Mental Health Division were the winners of the team category for helping vulnerable people in the community with mental health issues.
The team was established in an initiative between the WA Police Force, WA’s Mental Health Commission and the WA Department of Health.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts said it was important to recognise the work of WA Police.
“Any of those teams, any of those finalists would’ve been worthy winners,” Mrs Roberts said.
“(It’s) truly inspiring to see the work that our police officers have been doing in Western Australia.”