New officer in charge of Quakers Hill local area command

The new police commander of Quakers Hill local area command, Superintendent Rod Smith, is a strong advocate of traditional police practice.

He said it involved his officers serving and protecting the community, allowing people to go about their business safely.

‘‘If we get this basic concept right, everything will follow,’’ Superintendent Smith said.

‘‘The current strength of about 100 officers is adequate to perform this work.’’

Superintendent Smith, who took over as commander about two weeks ago,  is no stranger to the area having grown up in Blacktown.

His wife, Karen Smith, is the principal of Wyndham College in Nirimba Education Precinct.

He was the former commander of Burwood local area command.

Superintendent Smith said he would use his experience to help Quakers Hill police command to get a new police station to better serve the growing population in Marayong, Quakers Hill, Schofields and Riverstone.

‘‘Besides ensuring our officers serve the community with courtesy I will focus on helping the area get the new police station off the ground,’’ he said.

Superintendent Smith said his officers would continue to use social media, especially Facebook, to inform and seek public assistance in police investigations.

‘‘Although I personally don’t use social media I understand its impact as I have two 22-year-old daughters who use it,’’ he said.

Superintendent Smith will meet with community and business leaders to find out about their priorities over the next few weeks.

He said domestic violence was not just a local problem.

‘‘It’s everywhere and we must do everything to reduce the menace by speaking up and supporting the victims,’’ he said.    

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