Blacktown police commander Mark Wright is leaving the post after a tenure marked by a reduction in crime and a focus on community engagement.
Superintendent Wright has been at the station for seven years, and in the top position for five.
In an email today, Mr Wright said he had been offered a wide-ranging leadership position.
‘‘Today I was offered an opportunity to move to a new command, which I have accepted,’’ he said.
‘‘I believe the time is right to look for a new challenge and further diversify my career.
‘‘The new position is the commander, management and leadership development, education and training command.
‘‘I will primarily operate from the Police Leadership Centre on the UWS Campus at Richmond, but will be responsible for a number of units at Parramatta Police HQ and Goulburn Police Academy.
‘‘It will be very different to any command position I have held previously, but after 32 years of operational policing, it will be an opportunity to use my experience to help benefit our future leaders.’’
Superintendent Wright thanked the hard work of police and staff at Blacktown station.
‘‘I am confident that Blacktown is a stronger place and will continue to evolve with the on-going engagement of the young people and the diverse community that is Blacktown,’’ he said.
‘‘There is no doubt that my time here has been the highlight of my career to date.’’
Superintendent Wright has received high praise from the community for his work starting the Comm4unity program to reach out to young people in Blacktown, and with the city’s diverse ethic groups.
His work changing perceptions of youth and crime in Blacktown has been the subject of ABC 7.30, A Current Affair and Sydney Morning Herald features.
His tenure as superintendent has coincided with annual average decreases in most crime statistics.
Superintendent Wright said his last day would be Wednesday, September 25, and his new role would start from October 1.
THE rapport and trust established between Blacktown’s migrants communities and police was the subject of an article in the Refugee Transitions Journal earlier this year.
It encapsulates perfectly the result of Superintendent Wright’s leadership.
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