Col Benny Moodley, newly appointed head of Vispol at Phoenix SAPS.
Phoenix SAPS has a new head of Vispol, Col Benny Moodley. The colonel is dedicated to stopping crime and working hand in hand with the community.
Moodley completed his training in Tongaat before starting his career as a constable in KwaDukuza.
He has served at various stations in KZN and Gauteng, working in diverse communities to understand crime at various levels.
“Our function is to create a secure environment and establish working partnerships with the community. I place a high premium on co-operation with the community. Even the most dedicated and hardworking police force cannot fight crime alone. I urge the community to partner with us,” said Moodley.
In his twenties, Moodley travelled to London to conduct a study on youth strategy, domestic violence and intelligence-led policing.
He has also served in various positions within his career having worked as supply chain, fleet management, inquiries, complaints and as an operations commander.
Moodley achieved sergeant in 1994 and was promoted to warrant officer a year later. In 1997, he was promoted to captain before achieving Lt Col in 2001 and his current rank of colonel in 2014.
Moodley has noted that drug abuse is a serious concern in Phoenix, especially in the 72 schools in the policing district.
“Youth will be a focus for me and we will be running various programmes aimed at youngsters,” he said.
His philosophy in policing boils down to three points.
“Integrity, knowledge and courage. Integrity – we as police need to be honest and eliminate corruption. Knowledge – police officers need to be knowledgeable. Courage – we need to do our jobs with no fear or favour,” said Moodley.