After a summer that saw two people killed in Downtown Greenville, and now debate about how to better get a handle on downtown crime, the city held a crime summit Wednesday night.
Every single seat was filled inside Greenville's City Hall. Residents and city leaders came out to discuss the crime in Greenville which is perceived by many to be out of control.
Greenville Police Chief, William Anderson says, the perception does not match the reality.
He calls Greenville's crime rate on average with the rest of the United States.
Recent crime numbers show an overall six percent increase across the board, with homicides jumping up from four in 2008 to 7 so far in 2009.
Chief Anderson wants people to get involved and hopes the summit will bring fresh ideas to the table.
Chief Anderson says the number of crimes in Greenville has slightly decreased since 1999.
He says the population within the last 10 years has increased by almost 30 percent, making the ratio from people to crime on par with the average across America.
Residents of Greenville will have the chance to ask their questions about crime to the people who are paid to serve and protect Wednesday.
Greenville is hosting a crime summit for law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges and the public is invited. The crime summit is tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.
The summit will include a keynote address by the State Crime Control and Public Safety secretary, Reuben F. Young, followed by a presentation by Chief of Police William Anderson.
Dr. Virginia Hardy, East Carolina School of Medicine, will moderate the public forum and panel discussion portion. The panel will include Pitt County Sheriff Mac Manning, and several prosecutors and judges, they’ll take questions from the audience.