Colonel Vassie Naidoo has taken over the reins at Muizenberg Police Station and says he is ready for the challenge as he is coming into a new community with different challenges.Naidoo joined the police service in 1984 and has had an illustrious 35 years of service in the police. He took over at the Muizenberg police on Monday 31 December. He hails from KwaZulu- Natal and is a career police officer who was promoted to the rank of colonel.“Though I’m coming into a new environment, being a station commander is not a new thing. I have been running police stations for a long time and the communities are in safe hands. What I have to do is to learn their ways, challenges and just get more familiar with their environment as it is different from where I’m coming from,” he said.Naidoo’s vision is to ensure that communities have a safe and secure policing precinct. “I believe that the building of community-police partnerships is a vital part of achieving successes in the fight against crime. I want to work with communities and in these few months that I have been here I have noticed that we just have a challenge of social ills. That we can best deal with if we work together,” he said.In light of this, the colonel would like to encourage the community to support their local police by joining neighbourhood watches (NHWs), Community Policing Forum (CPF) subforums and other such bodies, to provide information which can lead to arrests and to stand together as a united front against crime.He endeavours to constantly improve service delivery at the Community Service Centre (CSC) and stated that Muizenberg police are a team of family members who share a common goal of providing quality service and protection for all. “For a very long time I have had a passion for communities. I want to get everyone involved. I’m a team player and I want everyone in the same team so that we can achieve success. From a young age I have always been on the right side of the law, leading my friends and always wanting to do things right and get people to do things the right way. I can say I was a policeman from a very young age,” he said.Of great concern to Naidoo is the impact of drugs and alcohol in communities. “Social ills are a huge problem. Drugs are killing our communities and if we get people to understand that they are not killing people out of space, but drugs are killing our mothers, brothers and sisters, we will better deal with this problem. Those selling drugs must know who they are selling these drugs to and what they are doing to the families, then we can look at the problem with a different light and we all find solutions,” he said.He is especially passionate about the youth and believes that they must be nurtured and guided as they are the leaders of tomorrow. This vision is applicable both in and outside the police, as there are many young police officers who need to be mentored and guided to provide a quality service.Colonel Naidoo believes that in order for a successful police service to exist, they need to have the community’s trust and work in partnership with all parties interested in making their area a safe and secure environment.When Naidoo is not serving his community, you will find him running or fishing. “I love to keep fit and I really enjoy fishing a lot,” he said.