NEW INFO: Police Plan New Security Steps, Not All In Effect

Dozens of Greenville business owners and local officials gathered Wednesday to talk about how they plan to fight crime downtown.

The meeting, focused on how to improve safety in the area after last Tuesday's shooting that left two people dead.

Greenville Police Chief William Anderson says, "We got different points of views from different individuals and I think that's going to help us with our planning."

More officers are patrolling the downtown area. Additionally, from Wednesday to Saturday, between 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., barricades are going to be set up around downtown so authorities can better control the flow of cars and minimize cruising. Anderson says, "We're going to divert downtown traffic around the downtown area, make it safer and get some of the cars out."

When we spoke to Greenville Police Wednesday, they said some of these new security measures were already taking place. However, when WITN contacted the police department Thursday morning, officials said the barricades were not put up Wednesday night. The crowd was considered too light, an official told WITN.

While Anderson is relying on his staff to step up their crackdowns, he says the community needs to get involved as well. "Law enforcement can't do this by ourselves, we have to have cooperation of bar owners, we have to have cooperation of the community, all of us have to work together, can't do it by ourselves."

Chief Anderson told WITN he's considering contracting with another law enforcement agency to bring additional officers to the area. He also wants to meet with downtown business owners again to educate them about gang attire and what to watch out for.

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  • by TO Location: Greenville on Jul 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    Great idea Wilma, and after we close downtown how do you expect these bar owners to put food on the table for their families? Last time I checked we are still in a free country and if you operate a legal business the government has no right to tell you that you must close down (well unless you happen to make cars)
  • by to WITN: Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:14 PM
    WITN: Why hasn't your station investigated or pressed the chief and police dept. on why no charges will be filed against anyone other than Richardson? Eyewitnesses, from my understanding, said there was at least one other person with him. If they just hit a wall and can't find him, that's one thing - but to stop looking and say, 'hey, we're just not going to worry about it' sounds like shoddy police work. Am I missing something in this? They came out and said they were looking but would give no description. Then, Tuesday, they said no charges to be filed - there should be people asking some SERIOUS questions, beginning with the chief and including the mayor. PLEASE dig deep into this story b/c it stinks of either corruption or incompetence and as a citizen of this town, I'd like to know whats going on.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    Cactus... u hit the nail on the head. These organizations need to expand there vision to also include denoucing and condemning the actions of the bad apples. While yes there is racism in the world that needs to be battled, you lose credibility when you dont speak out on the negative actions on people within your community. The SCLC needs to start also going into the communities where these youth live who are in the news committing crimes. As long as the youth keep acting up then they stand the possibility of getting mistreated by the justice system. My dad told me to not get into trouble and thats one less thing you have to worry about.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    God said to Noah, “from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man” (Gen 9:5-6)
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 9, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    Maybe the chief should ask for help from the NAACP and the SCLC in his appeal for community help. As a community member just what does the chief expect me to do, set up a watch station downtown, come to think of it that may work. You could put up cameras in all public areas.
  • by chiefBgone Location: grifton on Jul 9, 2009 at 02:06 PM
    Folks, this man is simply I mean SIMPLY not doing his job!! But I have my suspicions why the council has kept him! His track record completely SUCKS (to put it mildly) I have GPD friends and not one has a positive thing to say about this "so_called" chief. You have to BE a Chief not just hold the position and paychecks. It's gonna get worse and that phrase comes from GPD employees!!!
  • by Dan Location: No Longer Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    My concern is that this does not solve the root of the problem. In fact we are barricading ourselves in basically saying..."go be bad on that corner but don't cross this line" The problem is the gang and criminal activity in one main area of the city. Believe me the entire city is not full of angels, but there obviously is a hot spot between Memorial and downtown and it needs to be dealt with. Honestly the city has taken some GOOD passive approaches such as housing renovations and educational programs, but it still needs force to accompany them. There are PLENTY of good people in that area that have to live amongst this sort day in and day out. I am sure they appreciate what is being done there but they deserve a firm action to clean up their neighborhood and clean up the city. Rudy Giuliani cleaned up NY by being tough and smart at the same time. Greenville is much smaller and should be able to at least show improvement and step in the right direction.
  • by Me Location: Here on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:41 PM
    To The Wise One: That doesn't seem to wise in my opinion. As someone stated, ALL clubs are privately owned. If they owuld rather not see someones underwear or boxers all night long because they can't seem to buy clothes that fit then so be it. That's their right and choice.
  • by Can't please anybody Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    I find the last sentence of this newscast very ironic "He also wants to meet with downtown business owners again to educate them about gang attire and what to watch out for" however if the club owners do that it's considered racism?
  • by Get real on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:28 AM
    The clubs downtown are all private by law, therefore they can decide who to let in and who to turn away. If you don't like one bar, go to another. Quit crying.

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