Legitimate Reason Or Excuse For Increase In Greenville Crime

If you have been watching WITN or checking out witn.com in recent weeks you know there has been an increase in crime in Greenville. You also know Greenville Police Chief William Anderson is taking heat because of it.

If you have been watching WITN or checking out witn.com in recent weeks you know there has been an increase in crime in Greenville. You also know Greenville Police Chief William Anderson is taking heat because of it.

Crime statistics released by Attorney General Roy Cooper's office show crime in North Carolina increased one tenth of a percent in 2007. The increase in Greenville was eight percent, the second highest increase out of fifteen of the largest cities in the state.

An online petition titled "Fire Chief Anderson," blames him for the increase citing poor leadership and management. The petition, with anonymous and signed comments, calls for an investigation of the police department.

Greenville mayor Pat Dunn has already said the city fully backs Chief Anderson. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference also supports the chief. SCLC Chairman Reginald Walton says it's ridiculous to blame Chief Anderson for the increase in crime. Walton says, "The city of Greenville is actually growing and with growth comes crime."

What do you think about attributing an increase in crime to an increase in growth? Or do you think there is more to it? We would love to hear your thoughts. I would also love to hear from any current or former officers. You can email me at dave.jordan@witntv.com.




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  • by Harriet Location: Greenville, NC on Jun 24, 2008 at 06:31 AM
    I have no formal training in law enforcement. However, I cannot see how empty police cars parked at various locations around town deter crime. Isn't it obvious that more officers consistently patrolling high crime areas would be more of a deterent? As to the subject of anonymous comments - how else are city employees supposed to vent their frustrations publicly without having detrimental repurcussions?
  • by Bob Location: Greenville on Jun 20, 2008 at 05:33 AM
    I'm sorry but the increase in crime and apparent moral problem at the GPD seem to indicate a problem with the leadership of the department. I looked into the problems and read the stories out of Deland Florida and Elizabeth City. How can they ignore such similarities to what is taking place in Greenville. Where was the background check of this chiefs past work related history and track record of time spent at one city doing police work. I have to think that being politically correct with hiring a minority must have overshadowed the search process and selection. I blame the former council and current city manager for their lack of leadership and apparent dropping of the ball on this one. If the job is not getting done, the management needs to go. For the sake of the citizens of Greenville, he must step down.
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    Well said cannot give a name!
  • by Can't say Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    The facts are the facts:He punishes caucasions diffently and more harshly then he does African Americans,he invents policies so severe it ties our officers hands at aggressively targeting crime and criminals,he files bogus internal complaints against his own officers, sets the city up for lawsuits and then expects the officers to go with business as usual. Then he makes the comment Morale is not my problem. Viewers and officers for the chief state stop whinning go somewhere else. If your boss was being a Tyrant could you pick your whole family up, sell your house, refigure all of your bills and your spouses job and go some where else for $20-$30K less a year? Could you? They can't either. That is why officers and former officers won't speak with names he would tear them apart professionally they would be done. For exercising their right to free speech. It is time the citizens knew how this man destroys lives. He leaves a path of destruction where ever he goes. The facts are there!
  • by Cannot give a name Location: Greenville on Jun 19, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    Dave - do you know how many former and current officers would love to speak to you. I believe that the chief and his abusive behaviors towards his officers is the reason for the increase in crime. I also believe that the reason for the sudden drop in numbers is bc the Chief intentionally had his officer change the crime from violent to Suspicious Activity. This behavior is not right. He did this exact same behavior in DeLand Fl. I wonder how many people will show on Monday night! Annoymous is not a bad thing. That is exactly what Crime Stoppers is based on. This a political fire. One of views said it best with the stats of 3 vs. 83 suspicious activity reports. The chief is causing the crime rate to increase with his silly policies, aggressive behavior towards officers and racial overtones. He sets the tone of behavior for the officers, citizens and believe it or not the criminals. They feel the lighter weight of presence (cont)
  • by Dave Location: Greenville on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:19 PM
    I think that it is pretty sad that Greenville is turning into an unsafe city. I am all for the firing of Chief Anderson. As for Pat Dunn, she needs to take a walk downtown past 1 AM. I bet that would make her change her thoughts.

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