Business Community Is Looking For Larger Police Presence In Downtown Greenville

In light of some of the violence that has happened in downtown Greenville some business leaders are looking for an even larger police presence in the area.

That discussion was had at the Greenville City Council meeting Monday night.

City Council Member Rose Glover says the business community would like a task force set up to deal with some of the violence that has happened in recent months.

Glover who represents distinct 2 says her community has been saturated with violent crime over the years and is not in favor of more money for that area alone.

"Some of the most serious crimes have happened in my district," Glover said.

" I've had numerous murders, numerous drive by shootings, and for us to just react to it when something happens in downtown Greenville, it's not fair to the rest of the citizens in this city."

Glover says $400,000 dollars a year for three nights a week already goes to the Greenville Police Department.

She says some are looking for another $128,000 dollars to go towards protecting that area of the city.

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  • by Big Poppa Location: Washington on Aug 25, 2009 at 12:17 PM
    There is money available is you look for it, but thats not the issue. You just can't fix some people (thugs) with no direction or leadership in their life. Hold parents accountable?, they are probably already in jail. Teach YOUR kids to DEFEND themselves, Let the (thugs) get word of being tazed, sprayed, cut or shot. You'll see the tides change sooon enough. Think this is to harsh...wild west mentality? Wait til you get a call and visit your kid in the hospital and I'll pose the question again.
  • by Mike Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    The major problem is that the thugs come downtown to pry on young college kids. Don't believe this is happening? Use your freedom of information act and look up all the reports in the last 6 months or 4 years for that matter. Pull the robbery reports, including common law robbery reports, and look at the biographics on the victim, then do the same for the suspect(s). I promise you it will not take long or a college education to find one similiarity in all of them. I say if we need more police down there to stop this, then what are we waiting for. We can dump all the money in the world into district 2 and nothing will never change because a core value problem exists there. Find out what that is Glover and maybe you can start changing your community.
  • by Janet on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:20 AM
    What about all the moneies poured into the West Greenville revitalization? What about the money for the Intergenerational Center? What about the money for the new police station house on west Fifth? More money has been thrown that way then in any other part of the city. Oh yes, the beautiful soon to be West Greenville Gateway Project. I just hope it isn't money wasted.
  • by Sally on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:09 AM
    Ms. Glover, a task force?, isn't that what policing is for? How about some concrete suggestions and ideas that have substance. Talk is just that... talk. Get involved with the youth for prevetion in West Greenville. Demand accontability from their parents.

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