Detective Sergeant Andrew Beames from Banyule Crime Investigation Unit has been recognised for his exemplary service to the Banyule community receiving the 2018 Clyde James Smith Memorial Police Leadership Award.
A member of the Victorian Police for more than 35 years, Det Sgt Beames is one of the longest serving detective sergeants in the North West Metropolitan region. His dedication to the task has played a key part in achieving outstanding arrest results in Banyule over the years.
Andrew grew up in Banyule and said after years of service he was able to “pass on skills that can’t be learnt in the textbooks” to his investigative teams.
He thanked his superior Det Sen Sgt Kevin O’Connell for his support and noted leadership was borne out of “what you say, what you do, and how you do it”.
Commander Lisa Hardeman said Sergeant Andrew Beames demonstrated a strong work ethic and was a good mentor to other Police members with his ability to support colleagues and crime victims.
She also played tribute to “his dedication, attitude and inspirational leadership”.
Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said the award acknowledged the vital role police play.
“They serve the Banyule community and uphold the law to promote a safe, secure and orderly society,” Cr Di Pasquale said. “Although this is a personal award, it pays tribute to the great teamwork that exists within the police force.”
The annual award was initiated by Banyule Council in 2014 after a 2013 rededication service at Warringal Cemetery for Constable Clyde James Smith who was fatally wounded while on duty in Frankston in 1935.
The award acknowledges the integrity, leadership, flexibility, respect, support and professionalism in line with Victoria Police values.