Drugs and Crime Meeting In Greenville

Drugs and crime. It's is a growing issue in many communities across the east. Residents in Greenville had a chance Wednesday night to arm themselves with information about the problem at a meeting hosted by the Greenville Police Department and the Greenville Community Relations Committee

Greenville Police say drug money is the route of 90 percent of crimes in the city. That's the meeting focused on the prevention of both drugs and crime in the community.

Officer Bobby Parker says the event was a way to show people what he sees on the streets. "Anytime you have drugs it needs to be taken care of. I wouldn't say we've got a huge problem. But, we do have a problem that needs to be dealt with."

Greenville Police say last year, with the help of citizen tips, they made1,001 drug arrests...76 of those were felony drug charges.

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Crimes in the city is the reason the Greenville Police and & the Community Relations Committee will hold a drug crime meeting Wednesday.

Organizers say drug use is the cause of 80 to 90 percent of crime in the city.

Tonight officers will meet with concerned residents at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints on Martinsborough Road in the Lynndale Neighborhood off Evans Street at 7 Wednesday evening.

There will be a K-9 drug search demonstration and information about how drugs contribute to crime.


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  • by To Betty on Apr 15, 2010 at 01:45 PM
    Yes, Pudgies is the only place worth eating when I go back to visit.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    i havent figured out yet what the chief actually does shooting the breeze yep alot of times i have seen two cop cars pulled up side each other and thats exactly what they are doing does anybody know and can tell me exactly what the chief does do all day??
  • by betty Location: cortland on Apr 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    You know about Pudgies Pizza? They have the best chicken wings around. The city is falling apart and I don't think it will come back. I feel bad for all of us in Cortland. The taxes are out of sight.
  • by Data Man on Apr 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    To Nothing, I agree with you. These guys deal drugs right in front of the police in Winterville and nothing is done at all. Let them start selling those drugs in Windsor, Brook Valley or Iron Wood and you will see things change the same day!
  • by Retired LEO Location: Greenville on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    Most of you have it partly right about the Chief of Police but you also have to consider the fact that he was hired to do exactly what he's doing...community policing. Greenville PD has some excellent officers that are not being utilized as they should. Enforcement has given way to feel good programs that may or may not work in the long term. In the short term, they most certainly aren't.
  • by To Betty on Apr 15, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    Are you in Cortland NY? If so, I feel sorry for you, but atleast you can have some Pudgies Pizza.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Apr 15, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    From all I've been reading about Greenville, I'd say first of all you have to get rid of the Chief of Police. He seems to be the problem (not knowing him but from all I've read over the past year). Just telling what I think. Sorry if it hurts anyones feelings but from what I've read it's the chief that needs to go before any good will come to Greenville's crime rate.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    Having the best Chief is not the answer.Having JESUS IN THEIR HEART is the only answer.The Churches in Greenville should get together and have a massive revival meeting and go out in the streets with the gospel and evangelize.
  • by greenville parent Location: greenville on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    I have read all your comments and from what I can see not one of you were even there last night. You cry because you think nothing is being done. The fact is you want to sit on the sidelines and let someone else take care of the problem. This meeting wasn't for the GPD. This meeting wasn't for the Police Chief, this meeting was to inform us and to educate us. I was there last night with my children. The one lady said that, that neighborhood wasn't suitable to host this type of meeting, because she felt they didn't have problems. Well, I may or may not live there, but my kids go to school, I have one going off to college, one moving on to high school and one in elementry school. You don't think they come in contact with kids that do drugs, they do. I am glade that someone has put something like this together. I talk with my children all the time and I share my experiences with them of things that I have witnessed in school and growing up, but it helps when they get an outside opinion.
  • by Nothing Location: Winterville on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:08 PM
    They won't do anything. Just like drugs and cash being exchanged within spitting distance of the Winterville Police Department at Credle's store. It's a big show, Wilkes does the same thing down here.
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