A Day In The Life Of Greenville's Police Chief

Some might say when you're at the top Life is easy. That certainly isn't the case for Greenville's police chief who took the reins of the department in November.

Clayton Bauman shadowed Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden for a day.

If you're looking for Chief Hassan Aden, more than likely, you won't find him in his office. You will find him out and about in Greenville.

Chief Aden greeted WITN with, " Good morning. Today I think you're going to see what my life is like and it starts off with actually worthwhile events."

He went through his schedule.

"This is a Chamber of Commerce breakfast awarding small business, and obviously in the city we're trying to attract business and grow our economic development efforts. In order to create a safe city a vibrant city and a city that's going to thrive now and as it reinvents itself for the future we need to be involved in events like this that the chamber puts on and make that personal connection with people," said Aden.

Then it was off to welcome riders with a 1,000 mile bike ride making a stop in Greenville.

"We're going to be welcoming the Law enforcement United bike ride. They're riding from North Carolina to Washington DC for National Police Week next week honoring fallen officers in 2012," said Aden.

Chief Aden and the riders honored officer Jason Campbell and Billy Ray Greene who died in an accident in 2007.

"They presented me with a bracelet. One of the officers is riding in honor of officer Jason Campbell who is a Greenville officer and that sort of froze me in my tracks when they presented me with that, very chilling, and I'm humbled by that," said Aden..

"So now we're going to go over to city hall and see Steve Hawley. He is Director of Communications for the city and we're going to shoot a City Scene that is basically going to talk about our strategic plan."

From the local cable TV shoot, Chief Aden headed back to the station where he sat down to talk about the daily grind and priorities with WITN's Clayton Bauman.

"Obviously family is first, and public service is a career choice that I made early on. I was 21 years old, and I'm still going strong and I wouldn't trade a minute of it."

Bauman: "Does it become difficult?"
Aden: "It does become difficult, but difficult only in that I need to be reminded to eat and that it's 10:30 at night and I need to probably go home because I have an 8:00 meeting. That's the difficult part. Everything else- I love this work."

With lunch on the brain, Bauman couldn't help but ask the hollowed question: Got a taste for pulled pork?

"It's growing on me." replied Aden. "But no."

A couple of closed door meetings later and we are joining up with city council members and the city manager in a Greenville suburb.

"Here are some quality of life issues and tagging issues, basically graffiti and kids are basically cutting through this neighborhood and leaving some destruction in their wake," said Aden.

After pressing the flesh and doing what he loves most- talking to the people in the community he serves, the chief signs off.

"This is the best part of my job when you get out, meet the community. I truly truly enjoy it. So this is a day in the life of the Greenville police chief. Goodnight."

Chief Aden says all of his work would be for nothing though if he didn't have the staff he works alongside everyday. He proudly said he is confident any one of his employees would lay down their life for a total stranger.