Greenville's new police chief says he wants his department to emphasize on the residents' quality of life and the reduction of crime.
Hassan Aden's first day at work was this morning.
Aden sat down with WITN's Lynnette Taylor this afternoon for his first local interview. "What is my main agenda in 3 to 6 months is a strong period of community outreach, community dialogue, learning this communities culture, but also the police department's culture and the city's government culture," said the new chief.
City Manager Barbara Lipscomb announced November first that Aden will replace former Chief William Anderson. Aden comes from Alexandria, Virginia, where he was the Deputy Chief of Patrol. He's a 24 year veteran, and was the unanimous choice by Lipscomb and several panels during the interview process.
Aden will be paid a salary of $136,988 to head up the 250-officer police department. "I'm already familiar a lot of the operations here," said the chief. "Like I stated, I've already been getting the end of shift reports and I'm already familiar with the crime patterns that are occurring here."
Last year the city saw a 16% drop in overall crime, but violent crimes, like homicides, rapes and robberies increased considerably. "That's the most important mandate to really study those and begin finding strategies to decrease them where I can," said Aden.
Aden, who was born in Rome, Italy, says he plans to be out learning the community, his department and making assessments on how to handle crime.
After months of searching, Greenville finally has a new police chief.
City manager Barbara Lipscomb announced Thursday Hassan Aden will replace former Chief William Anderson. Aden comes from Alexandria, Virginia, where he is currently the Deputy Chief of Patrol. He's a 24 year veteran, and was the unanimous choice by Lipscomb and several panels during the interview process.
People living in Greenville are excited for the new chief to start.
"I think he can help us out a lot because obviously the bigger the area the more crime. So he's seen a lot more, and hopefully he can bring all the experience he got from Virginia down here to help make this a better place.," said Greenville resident Christopher Carr.
Aden's first day on the job will be Monday November 26th, with a salary of $136,988.
WITN News has learned a veteran police officer from Virginia will soon lead the Greenville Police Department.
Hassan Aden is currently deputy chief for patrol in Alexandria, Virgina. He's been with that department for 24 years.
Aden will replace Chief William Anderson who left Greenville in February for a new job in Asheville. In the meantime, Joe Bartlett has led the department, but he is retiring effective yesterday.
Chief Aden's first day on the job will be November 26, with a salary of $136,988.
City Manager Barbara Lipscomb says Aden was selected after a nationwide search. The top six candidates were interviewed for the job by two special panels as well as Lipscomb. A news release says Aden was the unanimous choice by both groups and was Lipscomb's top pick.