A CANBERRA police officer who uncovered 357 kilograms of heroin stockpiled in Fiji and brought three high-profile Solomon Islands political figures to justice was one of three Australian Federal Police officers to receive Australia Day honours.

Commander Bruce Giles was an international investigator for 11 years, working with the AFP in Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Malaysia and Indonesia.

But it was on the streets of Canberra where he started his career in 1988 and learnt the trade of policing.

He has since worked with the AFP in counter-terrorism and on major drug-trafficking investigations.

Commander Giles was recognised for his exceptional international policing work on Saturday, awarded the Australian Police Medal and included on the Australia Day Honours List.

Two more ACT-based AFP members, Assistant Commissioner Justine Saunders and Detective Superintendent Bill Quade, were also awarded the Police Medal, and included on the honours list.

Assistant Commissioner Saunders, who joined the agency in 1989, has worked in community policing, as a liaison officer for the Minister for Justice and Customs, and spent three years with the United Nations in New York as Australia's Police Advisor.

She is credited with developing the first UN-recognised pre-deployment training for AFP officers serving overseas, and is currently the assistant commissioner for policy and governance.

Detective Superintendent Quade, who joined up in 1975, spent 13 years policing Canberra.

He has since served with the AFP in Cyprus, Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus praised the three officers as a credit to the force, and congratulated them on the honours.