He has been at the helm for just a little over a week and already has big plans to move Strandfontein forward.Captain David Malong has been formally appointed as the station commander of Strandfontein Police Station and has “hit the ground running”.“I became aware of the position and applied for the post. I am very passionate about a Vispol environment and I have sufficient experience in this,” he says.He has already identified some of the strengths and weaknesses at the station and plans to tackle them head on with his background in crime fighting.“I have encountered a high number of drug arrests and confiscations and this is an indication to me that there is a problem with elicit drugs,” he says.“I also want to address the robberies, especially the street robberies. This is a concern to me because it is happening early in the morning and late at night and especially to female victims.” Having been with the police force for 29 years, Malong has built a wealth of experience in various roles. He has enjoyed a stint at Wynberg, Kirstenhof, Ocean View, Fish Hoek, Muizenberg, and Simon’s Town police stations in various roles before his appointment at Strandfontein.This passionate and vibrant leader admits to be a hands on station commander. “We cannot negotiate about it or take percentages away and allow crime to happen.”Malonga dreamt of being in the navy but says he does not regret his career choice. “I have enjoyed my career.”Moving forward he plans to create a Crime Prevention Unit. “I have made a call that each shift must give me two members as part of this unit so that we can make a bigger impact on crime. This will not have an impact on the shift’s ability. They will still be capable of supplying the two vehicles per shift except if there is a big problem,” he says.With the future of the station looking a tad brighter, Malong would like to encourage the community to continue their partnership with police. “There is a lot of pro-activity from the community in some of the areas and I want to ask that they please continue,” he says.Malong says he will meet up with all structures as soon as possible to further strengthen their partnerships. “I want the structures not to be afraid to contact me and use the station structures,” he says.Malong was formally appointed on Monday 13 June and started his term as station commander on 27 June.