Meet the man tasked with ensuring the safety of every resident in Campbelltown.
For five years Campbelltown police Commander Wayne Benson’s sole focus has been the safety of residents in Campbelltown’s southern suburbs and northern parts of Wollondilly.
But now the welfare of residents in in Campbellown’s north from Blairmount to Glenfield, will also be at the forefront of Commander Benson’s mind.
Last month it was announced the 42 metropolitan local area commands would be merged into 32 – with Macquarie Fields and Campbelltown commands joining force.
Commander Benson was recently appointed the boss of the newly merged command – which will take effect from March next year.
In a message to Campbelltown residents, the self-confessed “old-school” officer said speculation about fewer police on the beat and station closures as a result of the merger were off the mark.
I hear rumours that stations will close – let me say straight up that will not happen.Campbelltown Commander Wayne Benson
“I hear rumours that stations will close – let me say straight up that will not happen,” he said.
“The services we have provided to the community today will continue tomorrow and the day after. (There will be) no changes in hours of operations at either station.
“I am looking at better ways we can support our communities and in fact, I am looking at putting more cops on the ground and being able to move our resources around the new command much faster to target crime and hunt the crooks.”
He believes the Macquarie Fields/Campbelltown merger “makes sense”.
“For us it makes sense as there are existing synergies between both commands,” he said. “We both operate within the Campbelltown local government area and we both have the same emergency management committees.
“In fact, for some time now I have been the senior police officer overseeing Macquarie Fields and Campbelltown from an emergency management perspective.”
A 31-year veteran of the NSW Police Force, Commander Benson said he was more determined than ever to ensure criminals did not flourish in Campbelltown.
“I do hunt criminals and I expect my cops to put the crims on the back foot,” he said.
“Our focus is and always will be to keep you (Campbelltown) safe.”