FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Police Officer R.J. Casendino recently received an award from the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association during the organization’s annual police expo at the Livingston Mall.

According to Fairfield Police Chief Anthony G. Manna, Officer Casendino was honored for his work in the department’s Community Policing Unit.

“R.J. has been extremely instrumental in helping the department expand its relationship with our community, especially with our businesses,” said Manna. “He was also the driving force for getting the Fairfield Police Foundation up and running and is the guy who helps to organize all of their events. I could not be more pleased or proud of him.”