The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, The Hon Michael Gallacher MLC, recently launched the comprehensive audit committed to by the NSW Liberals & Nationals prior to the election.
"The input of our local community into this important process is vital," Charles said today.
"It is our community that can most effectively help us to determine where Police are, where they need to be and how best to use them to protect and serve our community."
"I am especially sensitive to the closure of three Police Stations that used to serve the Strathfield, Enfield and Homebush areas of our electorate" he said.
"Flemington was closed over a decade ago, Enfield followed a few years later and now the Strathfield Police shopfront may as well be closed due to a lack of Police resources at that site". "Its just unacceptable, we have suffered more than most other areas of Sydney, it is time to fix this". Charles said.
"Business people around the Strathfield commercial district have approached me about the safety of family, employees and customers. I have also been made aware of significant crime related activities around Dean Reserve that have been festering for some time with little effective action by the authorities" he said.
The audit will be conducted by former Assistant Commissioner Peter Parsons and will examine the effectiveness of the current Local Area Command structure as well as police numbers.
"I look forward to hearing from local residents, community groups and community leaders in order to best determine how our Police force can serve our community better," Charles said.
"I promise that all views will be included in a strongly worded brief to the Minister