Top cop reveals his priorities

BLACKTOWN’S new police commander Superintendent Gary Merryweather aims to change the perception of the area as the criminal and domestic violence capital of NSW.

The former police commander of Quakers Hill with 28 years of service said this on taking command of Blacktown Local Area Command two weeks ago.

‘‘The perception is worst than the reality,’’ Superintendent Merryweather said.

‘‘Our monthly reports show its crime rate is lower than other areas in the state.’’

And as for Blacktown being the domestic violence capital, Superintendent Merryweather said he would work with the community and business people to combat the problem.

‘‘I want businesses to support employees affected by domestic violence,’’ he said. ‘‘Employers should give staff time off to consult the police and court.’’

Superintendent Merryweather said he would meet with Blacktown Council, business and community groups to discuss joint strategies.

He also intends to intensify the use of Eyewatch and Facebook, saying these sites have been very effective in giving and receiving public information on solving crimes.

Superintendent Merryweather said police efforts to create stronger connections between local youth and the community would continue.

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