As Downtown Greenville continues to attract more visitors and host more events, the Greenville Police Department says it needs extra officers.
Just this week, Greenville Police officers are staffing St. Patrick’s Day events and the Bassmaster Classic. This week also kicks off Downtown Alive and Main Street Fridays at NOMA Square.
Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller has gone before city council to request a new Entertainment District Unit that would patrol the entertainment corridor from Fluor Field to Beattie Place. His proposal would include two new squads of 8 officers that would work from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. during downtown’s peak hours.Captain Joe Browning says, “Any time you have growth, that’s going to increase demand. We have accidents, we have all the typical things you have in the law enforcement setting. Then you also have all the patrons coming downtown to enjoy it and they’re looking for a sense of safety and security, so adding extra officers downtown increases visibility which is really what we’re trying to accomplish.”Because of all the events that require police staffing, Capt. Browning says every available officer is working and the police department has also reached out to other agencies including the Highway Patrol to make sure they have everything staffed.
As for the process of adding the new Downtown unit, Capt. Browning says the request from the police chief is just an early step. He says it’s something Chief Miller wanted to bring to council’s attention to be considered for the next budget as the city and police department plan for future growth.
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