Criminals in Greenwood may have a harder time hopping from the city to the county to get away from law enforcement because the sheriff's office and the police department have joined forces.
Sheriff Tony Davis and Police Chief Gerald Brooks decided, after a spike in violent crimes and shootings, to create a joint task force, merging investigators from both departments to work on the most violent crimes in the area together.
The task force started June 10 and its investigators explain that they now have the time to focus on seeking out, arresting and prosecuting the most dangerous offenders.
"There's no wall that separates [the city and the county]. [Criminals] travel at will; cell phones, they talk at will. The only way that we can win this battle that we're trying to win is by working together and sharing information and cooperating," said Davis.
Brooks said his investigators were told to put aside their egos, which may keep them from working together.
"Investigators by their very nature are competitive people and everybody wants to be the person that solves the case and because of that, often they very jealously guard their information," said Brooks. "And we made it clear that we don't want to withhold information from each other, we want to share information."
The chief and sheriff have worked together since the 1970's. Now, they think it's time that their departments work closely and in the same office, sharing resources, leads, and information.
They said they want to Greenwood City and County as safe as they can.
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